By Mary Chase
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, this beloved classic is a treat for the whole family. Elwood P. Dowd insists on including his friend Harvey in all of his sister Veta’s social gatherings. The trouble is Harvey is an imaginary six-foot, three-and-one-half-inch tall rabbit. This funny, charming, touching play challenges us to embrace our imaginations and at all costs to resist being “perfectly normal human beings.”
Connecting the community through artwork, stories, and conversation. Join us for discussions surrounding the themes of our plays and the impact of these stories on the community beyond our walls.
Saturday, November 21
Acting the Part
The cast of Harvey will join us for a post-show discussion about igniting this delightfully charming and surreptitiously complex play for the Tysons area. The task of taking on well-known characters and creating a new journey out of an old story is unique. Hear from the extraordinarily talented cast of Harvey about their journey in bringing this play to life in a new way.
Sunday, November 29
Bright Lights and Silver Screens
A discussion with Giovanna Chesler, Director and Associate Professor, Film and Video Studies at George Mason University and Director/Producer, G6 Pictures and Producer, Out in the Night. We'll discuss storytelling on stage and screen and the tactics for creating specific moments employed between the two mediums. Our case study will, of course, be the 1944 stage play Harvey by Mary Chase and the 1950 film adaptation starring Jimmy Stewart.
Saturday, December 5
The Spirit of the Play
Join Folklorist Joy Fraser to discuss the title character, Harvey, and the Celtic lore of the mysterious pooka/puca figure. The legends of the pooka feature shapeshifting, benevolent creatures prone to mischief and magic. We'll discuss the significance of playwright Mary Chase selecting this mythical creature to tell this charming, classic tale.
In the Gallery
Susan La Mont
This season, 1st Stage is partnering with the Virginia Chamber Orchestra to bring you
Serenades at 1st Stage
an evening of music and celebration. Join us on the 1st Sunday night of every production for a concert and conversation organized by the VCO.
Come and join us after the concert, meet the musicians, and enjoy a glass of champagne.
Additional Performances will be announced in January, 2016
About the Virginia Chamber Orchestra: The all-professional Virginia Chamber Orchestra (VCO), currently opening its 45th Anniversary Season, is known for imaginative and engaging performances. The VCO is continuing to showcase area musicians in creative and exciting Classical Music ensemble presentations at the 1st Stage Theater, the most acoustically balanced and intimate theater in Tysons.
(These concerts are in place of 1st Stage's 7pm performance on the FIRST SUNDAY ONLY)
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