Harvey Cast and Director
William Aitken   Elliot Bales   Tonya Beckman   Michael Chamberlin   Robert Grimm   DeJeanette Horne   Carolyn Kashner   Kelsey Meiklejohn   Emily Morrison   Sue Schaffel   Johnathan Lee Taylor   Tim Torre

November 12 – December 20, 2015

By Mary Chase
Directed by Michael Chamberlin

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.”


Post-Show Discussions:

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
Following the 2pm performance

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
Following the 2pm performance.

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
Following the 2pm performance

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

Realist painters
Dennis Crayon
and Susan La Mont

Artists Reception
Saturday, December 5
5:30-7:30 pm

Dennis Crayon
As a contemporary realist, Dennis uses modern composition aesthetics but a classical painting technique. Each of his paintings features an extreme attention to detail, especially with regard to the way light interacts with an object or surface. Dennis has shown his work in both New England and the Mid-Atlantic states.

Susan La Mont
Susan’s award-winning paintings reflect her interest in portraying ordinary people in different situations and environments, and rendering them in an accessible, realistic style. Her work resides in more than 50 national and international collections.

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.


Click here for more information about the Virginia Chamber Orchestra

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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