Imagine yourself preparing for opening night
Imagine learning the same lines that were studied by Jimmie Stewart, Art Carney, Fred Gwynne, Harry Anderson, Leslie Nielsen or Jim Parsons (Big Bang Theory)? How about portraying the same stage characters that Helen Hayes, Swoosie Kurtz or Rue McClanahan did? All have appeared in productions of Harvey.

Since it's Broadway debut in 1944 and the 1950 movie, a host of greats have been involved in the delightful story of Elwood P. Dowd and his invisible friend, Harvey. As described by Dowd, Harvey is a pooka, a benign but mischievous creature from Celtic mythology who is especially fond of social outcasts (like Elwood).

Come to auditions and get a chance at some of these favorite lines.

Elwood P. Dowd: Years ago, my mother used to say to me, she'd say "In this world, Elwood, you can be oh so so smart, or oh so pleasant." Well, for years I was smart... I recommend pleasant. You may quote me.

Dr. Chumley: This sister of yours is at the bottom of a conspiracy against you. She's trying to persuade me to lock you up. Today, she had commitment papers drawn up. She has your power of attorney and the key to your safety box, and she brought you here!
Elwood P. Dowd: My sister did all that in one afternoon. That Veta certainly is a whirlwind, isn't she?

Dr. Sanderson: Think carefully, Dowd. Didn't you know somebody, sometime, someplace by the name of Harvey? Didn't you ever know anybody by that name?
Elwood P. Dowd: No, no, not one, Doctor. Maybe that's why I always had such hopes for it.

Mrs. Ethel Chauvenet: Does Elwood see anybody these days?
Veta Louise Simmons: Oh, yes, Aunt Ethel, Elwood sees "somebody".
Imagine yourself as...
Elwood P. Dowd, the charming eccentric whose best friend is Harvey, an invisible six-foot tall rabbit. Dowd is well mannered, very friendly, cordial old-school charm with time for and interest in everyone. Elwood is Veta’s older brother who never married and remained in the family home. 

Dr. William B. Chumley, the well-known psychiatrist and the head of Chumley’s Rest. He is a difficult, exacting man who will do anything to maintain appearances and the reputation of the Sanitarium. He is dreaming of retirement.

Dr. Lyman Sanderson, the young, attractive and highly qualified psychiatrist, handpicked by Dr. Chumley. His skill is only surpassed by his vanity.

Wilson is the “muscle” or Orderly for Chumley’s Rest. He does not have to have muscle but just be intimidating and/or assertive in some way and hands-on with others.

Judge Omar Gaffney, the old family friend of Elwood’s and also the family lawyer. He is fiercely protective of the family and very understanding of Elwood’s friend Harvey. 
Have you signed up for your audition?
Marcia Jeffrey, director for the TLP fall production of Harvey, has announced audition dates for this show. She will cast six men and six women for this full length comedy. Show dates are October 19, 20, 26 & 27.

Actors must be available for all performances.

Auditions held at the Wilson Building (201 South Broad Street/2nd Floor)
Sunday August 26 at 3pm
Monday August 27 at 7pm
Wednesday August 29 at 7pm for call backs.

CLICK HERE for the cast of characters and descriptions.
SIGN UP HERE for your audition spot.
So what's Harvey all about??
When Elwood P. Dowd starts to introduce his imaginary friend, Harvey, a six-and-a-half-foot rabbit, to guests at a society party, his sister, Veta, has seen as much of his eccentric behavior as she can tolerate. She decides to have him committed to a sanitarium to spare her daughter, Myrtle Mae, and their family from future embarrassment.

Problems arise, however, when Veta herself is mistakenly assumed to be on the verge of lunacy when she explains to doctors that years of living with Elwood's hallucination have caused her to see Harvey also! It seems that the mild-mannered Elwood's delusion has had a strange influence on everyone. Only at the end does Veta realize that maybe Harvey is not so bad after all.

Harvey is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc. New York
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TLP's 4th Season...2018-2019
Our Season of Mischief and Mystery
***Note the dates for Clue have been adjusted

October 19 at 7:30 pm
October 20 at7:30 pm
October 26 at 7:30 pm
October 27 at 2:00 pm

Presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc. New York

February 15 at 7:30 pm
February 16 at 7:30 pm
February 22 at 7:30 pm
February 23 at 2:00 pm

Presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc. New York

May 3 at 7:30 pm
May 4 at 7:30 pm
May 10 at 7:30 pm
May 11 at 2:00 pm

P roduced by Special Arrangement with Samuel French
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