Audition dates for the upcoming Pulitzer Prize winning comedy "Harvey" by Mary Chase will be posted soon! Please check back or join the GPAC mailing list. (Updates only from GPAC...easy to opt out.)
Prepare in advance. Please check out the character descriptions below.
“Harvey” Characters Descriptions
Mrs. Chauvenet is an old friend of the family. She is a member of the town’s social circle, that Veta desperately wants Myrtle to break into. May double as Betty Chumley.
Dr. Chumley’s kind and talkative wife. Can be a scene stealer in the hands of the right actress. Same actress may double as Ms Chauvenet.
Dr. William B. Chumley
Chumley is an esteemed psychiatrist and the head of Chumley’s Rest. He is a difficult, exacting man, who will go to any length to protect the reputation of his sanitarium, but his interaction with
Elwood and Harvey will reveal an unexpected vulnerability.
Elwood P. Dowd
Elwood P. Dowd is the central character of the play, a charming eccentric who’s best friend is Harvey, an invisible six-foot-tall rabbit. Elwood is well mannered, friendly and kind, definitely “old-school”. Elwood is Veta’s older brother but the age difference needn’t be dramatic. The actor who plays Elwood will also need to create the Character of Harvey with a little help from Veta and Chumley.
Judge Omar Gaffney
The judge is an old family friend of the Dowds’ and the family’s lawyer. The audience should sense a fondness for Veta that may indicate an unexpressed infatuation.
Nurse Kelly is a sympathetic character, a pretty young woman who appears to have some sort of love/hate relationship with Dr. Sanderson. We see both sides expressed throughout the show.
E. J. Lofgren
E.J. Lofgren is a cab driver who’s monologue about his sanitarium passengers is crucial to the climax of the play. He has a single scene near the very end and would have a very limited rehearsal schedule.
Dr. Lyman Sanderson
Dr. Sanderson is young and highly qualified psychiatrist, hand-picked by Chumley. His talent is surpassed only by his vanity. He is as infatuated with Nurse Kelly as she is with him, though he struggles not to let on.
Myrtle Mae Simmons
Myrtle is Veta’s Daughter (Elwood’s niece). Both Veta and Myrtle are all about the business of finding Myrtle a man to marry, a mission that is made impossible with Elwood and Harvey constantly popping in. Myrtle is extremely self-centered.
Veta Louise Simmons
Elwood’s younger sister, Veta has returned to the family home after the death of her mother and is intent on landing a suitable husband for her daughter Myrtle Mae. She is very concerned about fitting into society and all the social proprieties that that involves. She also loves her older brother Elwood very much. This is the dynamic that drives the action of the play.
Wilson is the muscle of Chumley’s Rest, a devoted orderly responsible for handling the patients who will not cooperate voluntarily. He sets his sights on Myrtle soon after meeting her.
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