• Dates: February 2 – 18, 2018
  • Times: Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM / Sundays at 2 PM
  • Ticket Prices: $25 for VIP / $19 for General Seating (Student & Senior Discounts Available)

By Mary Chase

HARVEY Hops to Cheney Hall in February

Little Theatre of Manchester’s 58th Season Kicks Off

Elwood P. Dowd has only one character flaw: an unwavering friendship with a six-foot tall, invisible rabbit named Harvey. The Pulitzer Prize winning HARVEY is on stage at the Little Theatre of Manchester February 2 through 18.

In this a time-honored, classic comedy, Elwood is inseparable from his best friend and confidant, Harvey. In order to save the family’s reputation, Elwood’s sister Veta takes him to see a psychiatrist.  But when the doctor mistakenly commits anxiety-ridden Veta instead of her brother, it sets off a hilarious whirlwind of confusion and chaos as everyone tries to catch a man and his invisible rabbit.

HARVEY is directed by LTM director and actor Shane William Kegler whose previous LTM credits include Twelfth Night and last season’s The 39 Steps. He was last seen on the Cheney Hall stage in last season’s Sons of the Prophet. The cast features Mitch Hess of Vernon as Elwood P. Dowd and Virginia Wolf of Farmington as Veta Louise Simmons, Elwood’s sister.

HARVEY premiered on Broadway in 1944, winning writer Mary Chase the Pulitzer Prize for Drama the following year. Two movies were made, in 1950 and 1972, with James Stewart as Elwood P. Dowd, the delightful man whose best friend is an imaginary rabbit. The play was on Broadway with Stewart, later with Art Carney, and in 2012 with Jim Parsons of The Bing Bang Theory. It was revived in 2015 in London’s West End.

HARVEY is sponsored by DNR Laboratories.


  • Myrtle Mae Simmons:  Mara Pelto
  • Veta Louise Simmons:  Virginia Wolf
  • Elwood P. Dowd:  Mitch Hess
  • Mrs. Ethel Chauvenet:  Sunny Kirkham
  • Ruth Kelly, R.N.:  Lauren Casola
  • Duane Wilson:  Scott ‘Woody’ Woodruff
  • Lyman Sanderson, M.D.:  Oliver Kochol
  • William R. Chumley, M.D.:  Mark O’Donnell
  • Betty Chumley:  Rayah Martin
  • Judge Omar Gaffney:  David Regan
  • E.J. Lofren: David Barbour