Come Meet Harvey


Jonesborough Repertory Theatre welcomes everyone’s favorite six foot rabbit to the stage as they present the 1943 classic HARVEY, a comedy by Mary Chase.

HARVEY has been a favorite since it was brought to the Broadway stage in 1944, winning the Pulitzer Prize for drama and continuing to run for almost 4 years.

Many may remember HARVEY as the classic 1950 film starring Jimmy Stewart.

The story is of Elwood P. Dowd, a polite, peculiar character who has never met a stranger. He has just one challenging character trait, however; his best friend is an invisible six-foot-tall rabbit named Harvey. Elwood reads to Harvey, includes Harvey in conversation, and even carries an extra hat and coat for his invisible friend. Elwood’s sister, Veta, and her daughter, Myrtle Mae, are (to say the least) not thrilled about this friendship and decide to have Elwood committed to the local sanitarium to spare the family from current and future embarrassment. The mild-mannered Elwood ends up having a strange impact on the psychologist and his staff who, in a sense, carry their own invisible “Harvey” with them.

One commentator pondered, “Is [Elwood’s friendship with Harvey] really all that harmful to society?” A good question in our world today – What is truly dangerous to our society? A good natured, laid-back dreamer with a brilliant imagination, or those who want the dreamer to obey the rules of the more ‘normal’ side of reality?”

The characters and cast include: Lacie Black as Myrtle Mae Simmons, Dottie Davis as Veta Simmons, Kevin Burke as Elwood P. Dowd, Sharon Squibb as Miss Johnson & Mrs. Tewsbury, Janette Gaines as Mrs. Ethel Chauvenet, Rachel Gloess as Ruth Kelly R.N., Paul Charpie as Duane Wilson, John Beard as Lyman Sanderson M.D., Dave Carter as William Chumley M.D., Pam Johnson as Betty Chumley, Angus Walton as Judge Omar Gaffney, and Andy Cobble as E.J. Lofgren.

The show is directed by Kathleen Brannon Buttolph, stage management by Janette Gaines, props management by Daniel Wallen, lighting design by Karen Elb, and light board operation by Landon Simmons.

Many of Jonesborough’s fine restaurants and overnight establishments such as Bistro 105, Cranberry Thistle, Dogwood Lane, and The Historic Eureka Inn will be offering discounts or packages when you present your ticket or call ahead.

Harvey is a clever comedy thats fun for all ages. OPENING VALENTINE’S DAY!!
Harvey performance dates include Thursday – Saturday, February 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, February 17 & 24 at 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center at 423-753-1010. $12 for general admission. $10 for students and seniors.

Jonesborough Repertory Theatre is located at 125 ½ W. Main Street – next door to The Historic Eureka Inn, and across the street from Jonesborough Presbyterian Church.

For more information on HARVEY or JRT’s upcoming student production, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, visit their website at



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