Community Welcome to Attend Student Theater Performance of Harvey

Matesich Theatre


Ohio Dominican University’s student theater group, Panther Players, will perform the play Harvey on Friday, November 12 and 19 (7:00 p.m.), Saturday, November 13 and 20 (7:00 p.m.), and Sunday, November 14 (2:00 p.m.). Doors will open 30 minutes before each performance.

All shows will be performed at ODU’s main campus (1216 Sunbury Road, Columbus, 43219) in Erskine Hall’s Matesich Theatre.

General admission for the public is $6.00 and children under 5 are admitted at no cost. Free parking is available in the gold lot, west of Sunbury Road on St. Dominic Way.

The director for the play, Ginny Lubanski and all the Panther Players are looking forward to opening night and a great show. “Everyone is working hard to make this a wonderful performance. We are all excited to be performing this fun and witty comedy”, said Lubanski.

Elwood Dowd- Danny Morales (Sophmore)
Veta Simmons- Ginny Lubanski (Senior)
Myrtle Mae Simmons- Meaghan Torres (Sophomore)
Dr. Sanderson- Adam Byers (Freshman)
Dr. Chumley- Noah Scott (Junior)
Nurse Kelly- Lindsey Pruett (Junior)
Wilson- Tom Lewis (Junior)
Judge Gaffney- Brady Nertens (Freshman)
Mrs. Chumley- Candace Gibson (Freshman)
Mrs. Chauvanet- Ashley Brewer (Freshman)
E.J. Elfgren- Andy Schaffner (Sophomore)
Mrs. Johnson- Adri Priest (Junior)
Director- John Elrich (Senior)
Assistant Director- Matt Austin (Junior)
Stage Manager- Kevin Weaver (Junior)
Assistant Stage Manager- Kate Clarke (Junior)

Written in 1944 by Mary Chase and receiving the Nobel Prize in 1954, Harvey is a comedy about Elwood P. Dowd, a seemingly normal man, who happens to have an imaginary six foot, three and a half inch tall rabbit named Harvey for a best friend. Elwood’s socially concerned sister, Veta, is embarrassed by his peculiar behavior and decides to have him sent to a psychiatric hospital.

The hilarity begins when the doctors admit Veta to the hospital instead of Elwood, starting an endless cycle of mishaps and miscommunication. When the hospital realizes the mistake, they begin a search for Elwood and his imaginary friend, who eventually returns to the hospital looking for Harvey

As the doctors prepare to give Elwood a shot to turn him into a “perfectly normal human being”, Veta realizes that she loves Elwood just the way he is, imaginary rabbit and all.
Additionally, the members of Panther Players will be having a non-perishable food drive to support local food pantries. One food item will allow for one dollar off admittance.

Panther Players is a student organization of Ohio Dominican where participants enhance their communication and acting skills. Students have the opportunity to act, direct, and build set designs for various productions. For additional information, click here,