Auburn University Theatre continues centennial season with ‘Harvey’


Auburn University Theatre continues centennial season with 'Harvey'
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University Theatre in the College of Liberal Arts continues its 2013-2014 season with Mary Chase’s Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy “Harvey” directed by Tom Aulino, opening Nov. 14 on the mainstage of the Telfair Peet Theatre and running through Nov. 22.

The show runs Nov. 14-15 and 19-22 at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee performance Nov. 17 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online at www.auburnuniversitytheatre.org, or by phone at (334 ) 844-4154. Tickets are free to students and $15 for the general public.

“Harvey,” an audience favorite since it premiered on Broadway in 1944, tells the story of the affable Elwood P. Dowd who loves a good bar and company, especially the company of a six-foot, three-and-a-half-inch invisible rabbit named Harvey. Revived on Broadway in 2012, the comedy-of-errors charms and delights audiences as it explores what it means to be “normal” in a broken and sometimes soulless world.

“Man sees large white rabbit. Hilarity ensues,” said director Tom Aulino. “But, through this simple comic set-up Mary Chase asks complex questions. Who can listen to their imagination? How many people are too near-sighted to see all the beauty of the world that is right in front of their eyes?”

The cast of “Harvey” includes Auburn University students Tinizia Bentley, Nora Brown, Steven Hatcher, Josef Jackson, Camille Ponseti, Savannah Renfrow, Michael Sanders, Kaye Stucky, David Tourtellotte, Richard Trammell and Anna Claire Walker. In addition to the student actors, College of Liberal Arts Associate Dean and Department of Theatre Professor Dan LaRocque is featured in the role of Elwood P. Dowd. “Harvey” features scenic and lighting design by Matt Kizer, costume design by Tracy Oleinick, and sound design by Scott Waters.

The 2013-2014 season of Auburn University Theatre marks the 100th anniversary of theatre on the Auburn University campus. In 1913, the first stage company, Auburn Footlights, formed as a student organization and following World War I, penned the name Auburn Players. AU Players continues to this day as the student organization supporting faculty-led productions of Auburn University Theatre. To mark the centennial, AU Players, with the support of the College of Liberal Arts will host an alumni and friends reunion around the production of “9-to-5: The Musical” the weekend of Feb. 28 through March 2. In addition, members of AU Players have, with the assistance of Auburn University Libraries Special Collections and Archives, been collecting artifacts of theatre’s rich history on campus.

Contact: Linda Bell, Department of Theatre, (334) 844-4748 (bellin@auburn.edu),
Mike Clardy, Office of Communications and Marketing, (334) 844-9999, (clardch@auburn.edu)