Walnut Street Theatre Season Continues With Harvey

200-harveyWe’re headed back to the City of Philadelphia today as the Walnut Street Theatre, the oldest operating theatre in the English-speaking world and oldest theatre in America, continue it’s season with its third Mainstage production hitting the stage tonight!  Following some serious Christmas cheer with A Christmas Story, Walnut looks to the laugh as a comedy hits the stage next! Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that the Walnut Street Theatre season continues with Harvey tonight!

06034dbb-d67c-47ff-aa40-7b2d8a894b7eWalnut Street Theatre continues its 207th season with the Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy Harvey on the Mainstage. Previews begin tonight, January 19th, with an official opening January 27th with performances running through March 6th, 2016. An open captioned performance will be available for the 7 PM show on Sunday, February 14. Tickets range from $20 to $85. The comedy introduces us to Elwood P. Dowd and his friend; a 6-foot tall, invisible white rabbit named Harvey. When Elwood introduces Harvey to guests as a party, his family decides it’s time to save their reputation and send Elwood and Harvey to the local sanatorium. However, chaos ensures when a doctor commits his anxiety-ridden sister allowing Harvey and Elwood to escape sending the town into a panic as they try not only to catch this man, but his invisible rabbit as well.

b8b19af6-b43b-4866-b22d-e21813b8f490Ben Dibble (Pictured Left) leads the cast to the stage starring in the production as Elwood P. Dowd. Leads alongside him include Mary Martello as Veta Louise Simmons, Ellie Mooney as Myrtle Mae, Greg Wood as William R. Chumley, M.D., Ian Merrill Peakes as Lyman Sanderson, M.D., Lauren Sowa as Ruth Kelly, R.N., Susan Riley Stevens as Betty Chumley, Dan Olmstead as Duane Wilson, Fran Prisco as EJ Lofgren and H. Michael Walls as Judge Omar Gaffney making his Walnut Street debut. Thank you to Mark Garvin for the featured photos!

Bob Carlton returns to the Walnut Street as director for Harvey following his mounting of Private Lives last season! The rest of the creative team includes Robert Koharchik as scenic designer, Mark Mariani as costume designer, Stuart Duke as lighting designer and Elizabeth Atkinson as sound designer. The entire design team worked with Carlton on Private Lives last season as well.

1885The Walnut Street Theatre was built and opened in 1809. It is the oldest operating theatre in the English-speaking world and oldest theatre in America. The first production held in the theatre was The Rivals in 1812. From 1941 to 1969, the theatre was owned by The Shubert Organization and held many pre Broadway runs for shows that would soon be very well-known as A Streetcar Named Desire, The Diary of Anne Frank, A Man For All Seasons and A Raisin in the Sun just to name a few. The Walnut Street Theatre Company took over in 1983 to serve as a regional not for profit producing company and has been in place their ever since. Still on the boards for this season following Harvey is the Tony Award winning Peter And The Starcatcher as well as Sister Act!

Luner Lowdown: Harvey keeps Walnut Street Theatre’s season going strong following A Christmas Story playing to audiences through the holidays! This time of year can always be a strange fit for theatrical productions with the weather playing against audiences. However, a well-known comedy such as Harvey is sure to not only bring in the crowds but warm audiences up in the midst of Winter! An excellent choice if I do say so myself.

Luner on Theatre will keep you updated on the Walnut Street Theatre and its 207th season! You can expect more coverage of Harvey as well as Peter and the Starcatcher and Sister Act all slated to hit the Mainstage later this year! We recently announced their upcoming 208th season slated for 2016-17 as well! For more information, visit Walnut Street Theatre’s Official Website, Facebook or Twitter. (Please note; Unless a photo is noted to be taken by Luner on Theatre, we do not own/claim ownership for any photos used in this post.) And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more! 

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