“It’s the story of a family—a brother and sister who live together, and the sister has a young daughter,” said Tom Aulino, the play’s director. “The problem in the family is that the brother, Elwood Dowd, has as his best friend a 6-foot-tall rabbit that only he can see. It’s very distressing to his family to have to try to fit into society with someone in the family who sees an imaginary—or maybe imaginary—rabbit.”
Mary Chase wrote the Pulitzer Prize-winning play in 1944, the same time period in which the production takes place. Since then, “Harvey” has grown to entertain audiences worldwide.
“It’s one of the great, classic American plays,” Aulino said. “It’s been done all over the world and produced in all kinds of theatres everywhere.”
The cast for “Harvey” includes about 12 members, including Daniel Larocque, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Liberal Arts.
In preparation for the production, Aulino and the cast are beginning to work on the set with lights and sound cues this week. Rehearsals began at the beginning of October.
“I think our older audiences will be aware of this play,” Aulino said. “The younger audiences I think are in for a treat in discovering this classic play for the first time. I look forward to seeing the responses of the students to the play.”
“Harvey” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 14-15 and 19-22 at the Telfair Peet Theatre at 350 W. Samford Ave. A matinee performance will take place Nov. 17 at 2:30 p.m.
Tickets are available now and are free for Auburn University students. General admission tickets are $15 or $10 for Auburn University faculty and staff, non-Auburn Univeristy students and seniors.
To purchase tickets, visit the online box office or call 334-844-4154.