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Elwood P. Dowd
insists on including his friend Harvey in all of his sister Veta’s social
gatherings. Trouble is, Harvey is an imaginary six-and-a-half-foot-tall
rabbit. To avoid future embarassment for her family—and especially for
her daughter, Myrtle Mae—Veta decides to have Elwood committed to a
sanitarium. At the sanitarium, a frantic Veta explains to the staff that
her years of living with Elwood’s hallucination have caused her to see
Harvey also, and so the doctors mistakenly commit her instead of her
mild-mannered brother. The truth comes out, however; Veta is freed, and
the search is on for Elwood, who eventually arrives at the sanitarium of
his own volition, looking for Harvey. But it seems that Elwood and his
invisible companion have had a strange influence on more than one of the
doctors. Only at the end does Veta realize that maybe Harvey isn’t so bad
P. Butler is seeking the following:
Needed/Ages: Late 20s to 70s
Mid 20s to 70s
Character Gender/Age Range /Description
Elwood P. Dowd
Male/40s – 50s
A sweet, mild
mannered yet dignified man who has a dreamy and innocent quality about
him; a friendly eccentric who spends his days andnights in the taverns of
his unnamed town. Elwood is non-judgmental and without malice,
charming and extremely likeable.
friend is Harvey, an invisible six and a half-foot-tall white rabbit.
Simmons Female/40s – 50s
who loves her brother but finds him to be an embarrassment to the
family, especially when his behavior interferes with her efforts to pave
her daughter's way into society. Also, his friendship with Harvey
distresses her for another, very personal reason. She's a chronic worrier
who often comes across as a bit manic and high strung.
Dr. William R.
Chumley Male/40s – 50s
psychiatrist and the head of Chumley’s Rest sanitarium. A
difficult, exacting man who has a very secure sense of his own authority
and who inspires loyalty from his staff; secretly he would like to escape
his everyday responsibilities and live a simpler life.
Sanderson Male/Late 20s – early 30s
A young and highly
qualified psychiatrist at Chumley's Rest, handpicked by Dr. Chumley. His
talent is only surpassed by his vanity and arrogance. He is as infatuated
with Nurse Kelly as she is with him, although he often conceals those
feelings with his callous, condescending behavior.
Nurse Ruth Kelly
Female/Mid to late 20s
Nurse at Chumley’s
Rest; a kind and intelligent young woman and a pleasant and efficient
nurse. She is in love with Dr. Sanderson, but also finds his manner
infuriating at times when he refuses to acknowledge his feelings for her.
Myrtle Mae Simmons
Female/Mid to late 20s.
extremely self-centered daughter who is unmarried and eager to meet
eligible men but believes her uncle's peculiar behavior is ruining her
Male/Late 20s – early 30s
The orderly at
Chumley’s Rest who is responsible for handling difficult patients who
will not cooperate voluntarily. Not the most intelligent or
sophisticated man. He is extremely devoted to Dr. Chumley and is
attracted to Myrtle Mae.
Judge Omar Gaffney
Male/60s – 70s
An old and
somewhat cantankerous family friend of the Dowd’s and the family’s
lawyer. Judge Gaffney is fiercely protective of the family,
Chauvenet Female/60s – 70s
An old friend of
the Dowd family, Mrs. Chauvenet is an overly affected wealthy socialite
who is a shameless gossip monger. However, she does have a warm
spot in her heart for Elwood. May double.
Female/40s – 50s
Dr. Chumley’s kind
and somewhat neglected wife. More concerned with her social
calendar than her husband’s practice, but at heart is a warm and caring
person. May double.
E.J. Lofgren Male
or Female/30s +
A street-smart cab
driver who regularly takes patients to and from Chumley's Rest and is
none too impressed with the results of Dr. Chumley’s treatments.
Special Notes for
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here; readings are
posted on svptheatre.org. Age ranges in character breakdown are
approximate and flexible. All roles open to any race/ethnicity.
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Air-Conditioned and Wheelchair Accessible.