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Elwood P. Dowd & His Whimsical World in HARVEY: The Drama Group Presents

Chicago Heights, IL-(ENEWSPF)- Just in time for the holidays, The Drama Group is delighted to present a classic comedy for its second offering of the 92nd season, HARVEY, the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Mary Chase, best known for the 1950 film adaptation starring Jimmy Stewart. Deftly directed by Tony Labriola, the audience will be immersed in the whimsical world of Elwood P. Dowd and his best “friend” Harvey, a six-foot invisible rabbit, I mean a ”pooka!”

Show times for HARVEY are 7:30 pm beginning Friday, December 8, 9, 14, 15, and 16; ADDED Saturday matinee December 16 at 2:00 pm and Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm December 10 and 17.

The Drama Group has an online ticketing service – BookTix Ticketing and Livestreaming. All tickets are available by going to The Drama Group BookTix website, where you will be directed to set up your account with “The Drama Group-BookTix Box Office.” Or you may always opt to call our Box Office at 708-755-3444.

Harvey promo
Harvey is coming to The Drama Group. (SUPPLIED)


Masks will no longer required for audience members. The Drama Group still encourages people to wear masks while in the building. This policy is subject to change.


The story of a perfect gentleman, Elwood P. Dowd, and his best friend, Harvey — a pooka, who is a six-foot tall, invisible rabbit. When Elwood introduces Harvey around town, his embarrassed sister, Veta Louise, and her daughter, Myrtle Mae, are determined to commit Elwood to a sanitarium. However, Veta is committed rather than Elwood! When the mistake is realized, a frantic search begins for Elwood and the invisible pooka, ending with Elwood appearing voluntarily at the sanitarium. In the end, however, Veta realizes she loves her brother and his invisible best friend just as they are and doesn’t want either to change.

Come and indulge your imagination and enjoy a hearty, hardy holiday laugh.

The Drama Group continues its Community Outreach Programs for the holidays by partnering with SOUTH SUBURBAN HUMANE SOCIETY, serving the southern suburbs of Chicago for over 50 years; initially in Chicago Heights, then Homewood, SSHS is located in Matteson in a larger facility and continues with the Homewood Adoption Center as well.  It is a “no-kill” animal shelter that finds homes and provides resources for pets.

“Creating a better world for pets and the people who love them.”

Donations most appreciated: Purina cat/kitten chow, Purina Puppy chow, Purina Smartblend Chicken & Rice Adult dog food; paper towels, dog and cat toys, laundry detergent, dog/cat treats, and finally cash or AMAZON gift cards.

There will be donation boxes in the lobby of the Drama Group studio building evenings from Saturday, December 3, through the run of the show, Sunday, December 17.

Cast of HARVEY




Ken Hawkley

Elwood P Dowd

Homewood, IL

Suzanne Ashlock

Veta Louise Simmons

Homewood, IL

Samm Hilger

Myrtle Mae Simmons

Midlothian, IL

Andy Leahy

William Chumley, M.D.

Chicago Heights, IL

Katherine Carl

Ruth Kelly, R.N.

Manteno, IL

Dan Blewitt

Lyman Sanderson, M.D

Midlothian, IL

Karen Cassin

Betty Chumley

Beecher, IL

Mike Cabsinger

Duane Wilson

Chicago Heights, IL

Jean Berard

Judge Olive Gaffney

Lockport, IL

Erline Dorcy

Mrs Ethel Chauvenet

Chicago Heights, IL

Jeff Ashlock

E.J. Lofgren

Homewood, IL




Tony Labriola


Olympia Fields, IL

Barbara Whitney

Asst Director / Paint

Richton Park, IL

Russ Hoganson

Scenic Design

Homewood, IL

Jennifer Larkin

Lighting Design

New Lenox, IL

Dianna Principe


Crete, IL

Regina Gadotti

Make Up Design

Chicago Heights, IL

Wayne “Skipp” Poulson

Hair Design

Chicago Heights, IL

Chuck Kaffka

Construction Lead

Tinley Park IL

Arlene Freeman


South Holland, IL

Jane Nix


Olympia Fields, IL

Dayna Sowa

Stage Manager

Homewood, IL

Tina Zagone

Production Manager

Olympia Fields, IL

Diane Kaffka


Tinley Park, IL

Tina Zagone

Publicity / Marketing

Olympia Fields, IL