Clackamas Repertory Theatre opens its ninth season
Friday, June 28, with Mary Chase’s classic American play “Harvey.”
The CRT production features company member Jayson
Shanafelt as Elwood P. Dowd, and Portland favorites Tobias Andersen as Dr.
Chumley and Amanda Valley as Elwood’s sister, Veta Simmons. Doren Elias directs
this light-hearted, timeless comedy about a loveable eccentric whose best
friend is a 6-foot tall invisible rabbit whom he introduces to everyone.
Mary Chase was a journalist, but her real passion was
playwriting. She wrote 14 plays but her
most popular and memorable is “Harvey,” which opened on Broadway in 1944 where
it ran for four-and-a-half years. It won both the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize
for best play.
The play is still popular today due in large part to the
film version featuring Jimmy Stewart’s iconic performance as Elwood Dowd. Ironically,
Stewart was not the studio’s first choice for the role. Bing Crosby was
favored, but he turned it down. Steven Spielberg planned to remake the film in
2009 but had to drop the project because he couldn’t find the right actor for
CRT’s “Harvey” also features company favorites Annie
Rimmer, Cyndy Smith-English and Michael Mitchell and newcomers Nathan Crosby, William
Wilson and Kevin Newland Scott. “Harvey” runs through Thursdays through Sundays
through July 21. CRT continues its season in August with “Kiss Me Kate” and
concludes with the farce “The 39 Steps” in late September.
CRT performances take place Thursdays through
Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. All
performances are in the Osterman Theatre at Clackamas Community College. Season
tickets and single tickets may be purchased at www.clackamasrep.org or by calling 503-594-6047. The low-price preview is
For more information, contact CRT managing director
Cyndy Smith-English at 503-594-3915.