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Harvey by Mary Chase

Presented by Ritz Theater at the Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center at Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center, Sanford FL

Apr 28 2023
May 06 2023
Harvey by Mary Chase

Harvey is a play about forty-seven-year-old Elwood P. Dowd, whose best friend is an invisible, six-foot-tall rabbit named Harvey. Dowd and his rabbit friend are well-known and liked but his relatives try to have him committed to an insane asylum.

Fridays & Saturdays: April 28, 29, May 5, 6 at 7:30PM
Sundays: April 30, May 7 at 3PM
Saturday, April 18 at 2PM

Elwood P. Dowd is an affable man who claims to have an unseen (and presumably imaginary) friend Harvey – whom Elwood describes as a six foot, three-and-one-half inch tall pooka resembling an anthropomorphic rabbit. Elwood introduces Harvey to everyone he meets. His social-climbing sister, Veta Simmons, increasingly finds his eccentric behavior embarrassing. She decides to have him committed to a sanitarium. When they arrive at the sanitarium, a comedy of errors ensues. When Veta confesses that she has seen Harvey too, the young Dr. Sanderson commits Veta instead of Elwood. But when the mistake comes out, the search is on for Elwood and his invisible companion. Directed by Adam Cornett.

When Elwood shows up at the sanitarium looking for his lost friend Harvey, it seems that the mild-mannered Elwood has had a strange influence on the staff, including sanitarium director Dr. Chumley. Only just before Elwood is to be given an injection that will make him into a “perfectly normal human being, and you know what bastards they are!” (in the words of a taxi driver who has become involved in the proceedings) does Veta realize that she would rather have Elwood the same as he has always been – carefree and kind – even if it means living with Harvey.

Sponsored in part by Seminole County and the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts & Culture, and by the Flordia Council on Arts and Culture.

This event is part of the Theater’s 100th Anniversary celebration.


Tickets are available online 24/7 and through the Box Office (Mon.-Fri. 10am-5pm) and are $20, $22, $27 depending on seat selected.

Contact: 407.321.8111


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  • Apr 28, 2023 at 07:30 pm - 09:45 pm (Fri)
  • Apr 29, 2023 at 07:30 pm - 09:45 pm (Sat)
  • May 5, 2023 at 07:30 pm - 09:45 pm (Fri)
  • May 6, 2023 at 07:30 pm - 09:45 pm (Sat)
* Event durations (if noted) are approximate. Please check with the presenting organization or venue to confirm start times and duration.


Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center

201 S. Magnolia Ave, Sanford, FL 32771

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