WHAT: City Theatre of Independence presents “Harvey,” the beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Mary Chase (1944), directed by Nancy Eppert and produced by special arrangement with Dramatist Play Service. The play was famously adapted into a film in 1950 starring Jimmy Stewart.

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and Sept. 15-16; 2 p.m. Sept. 17. Dinner theater is 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

WHERE: Powerhouse Theatre at Sermon Center, 201 N. Dodgion St., Independence.

HOW MUCH: Tickets are $15, $13 for seniors. Tickets can be purchased online at www.citytheatreofindependence.org or by calling 816-325-7367.

WHAT THE SHOW IS ABOUT: Elwood Dowd is an affable man who claims to have an unseen (and presumably imaginary) friend Harvey – whom Elwood describes as a 6-foot-plus pooka that resembles an anthropomorphic rabbit. He introduces Harvey to everyone he meets, an eccentric behavior that his social-climbing sister Veta finds increasingly embarrassing.

She decides to have Elwood committed to a sanitarium, but when they arrive a comedy of errors leads to Veta accidentally being committed. Elwood is about to be given an injection to make him a “perfectly normal human being” when Veta realizes she would rather have Elwood the same as he was always has been – carefree and kind – even if it means living with Harvey.


Character: Actor

Elwood P. Dowd: Patrick Simpson

Veta Louise Simmons: Joy Richardson

Myrtle Mae Simmons: Abbey Briscoe

Dr. Lyman Sanderson: Eli Biesemeyer

Mrs. Chauvenet: Stephanie Keady Flanagan

Wilson: Joshua Felton

Dr. William Chumley: Ray Ettinger

Betty Chumley: Linda Levin

Nurse Ruth Kelly: Lynnae Anderson

Judge Gaffney: Kurt Moegle

E.J. Lofgren: Jeremy Walter

Miss Johnson: Krysten Covell