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Milligan presents ‘Harvey’ by Mary Chase

Senior Christopher Boswell (of Johnson City) plays the lead role of Elwood, who sees the anthropomorphic, and presumably imaginary, rabbit named Harvey.

MILLIGAN COLLEGE, Tenn. (March 4, 2015) – Milligan College’s theatre area will present “Harvey,” by Mary Chase, on March 26-28, at 7:30 p.m., and March 29, at 2:30 p.m. in Milligan’s McGlothlin-Street Theatre in the Gregory Center. All tickets are $5 and on sale in the Milligan Bookstore.

Directed by Professor of Theatre Richard Major and designed by Pamela Adolphi, “Harvey” is a comedic romp for the entire family with hilarious twists and turns as Elwood P. Dowd tries to convince everyone he meets that his best friend is a six-foot-tall rabbit whose name titles the play.

American playwright Mary Chase received a Pulitzer Prize for writing “Harvey” in 1945. The play has been adapted for film and TV, most notably the 1950 film starring James Stewart as Elwood.

“This production showcases some excellent talent,” said Major. “It is headlined by a wonderful group of six graduating seniors who have delighted audiences in Milligan theatre productions for the past four years.”

In Milligan’s production, senior Christopher Boswell (of Johnson City) plays the lead role of Elwood, who sees the anthropomorphic, and presumably imaginary, rabbit named Harvey.

Veta Louise Simmons, Elwood’s sister played by senior Mandy J. Chambers (of Knoxville, Tennessee) doesn’t believe his brother’s bizarre claims and has him committed to a sanitarium.

Freshman Michaela Williams (of Cocoa, Florida) plays Veta’s daughter, Myrtle Mae Simmons, and senior Adam Derrick (of Boone, North Carolina) plays Dr. William R. Chumley, the psychiatrist who tries to help Elwood.

This play is produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

To purchase tickets, visit the Milligan Bookstore, open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., or call 423.461.8733. All major credit cards are accepted.

For more information on Milligan arts events, visit www.milligan.edu/arts.

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