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"Harvey" comes to Jesuit

"Harvey" comes to Jesuit

Jesuit High School’s drama club, the Jesuit Masque, is staging Mary Chase’s Pulitzer-winning classic “Harvey,” with four shows Nov. 12-14 in the Multi-Purpose Room on campus.

Set in the mid-1940s, the play is a comedy of manners featuring Elwood Dowd (Kyle Cansler ’16), a laid-back fellow with a rather peculiar best friend named Harvey. The two turn high society on its ear as those who wish Harvey didn’t exist can’t seem to get away from him – especially Dowd's sister Veta (played by Academy of the Holy Names senior Gracie Hancock).

The play, directed by Jesuit’s theater director, Richard Miller, also features Jesuit students Jacob Zelen ’16, Jorge Viso ’16, Lucas Pasquier ’17, Alex Peña ’18, and George Morgan ’18, as well as AHN students Ruby Knopik, Evelyn Martinez, Julia Barreto, and Olivia Traud.

Tickets go on sale Monday November 2. General admission tickets are $10, but Jesuit students may purchase one ticket per student ID for $5. Performances are November 12, 13, and 14 at 7:30pm, plus a 1:00pm matinee on Nov. 14.

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“Harvey“ premiered on Broadway on November 1, 1944, at the 48th Street Theatre, and it closed on January 15, 1949, after 1,775 performances. Chase received the Pulitzer Prize for the work in 1945. It has been adapted for film and television several times, most notably in a 1950 film starring James Stewart.

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