Emmy nominee Elinor Donahue (The Andy Griffith Show, Father Knows Best)
headlines Judson Theatre Company’s
production of Mary Chase’s Pulitzer Prize comedy Harvey
PINEHURST, N.C., Tuesday, August 25, 2015 –Judson Theatre Company (Morgan Sills, Executive Producer and Daniel Haley, Artistic Director) has announced that Elinor Donahue has joined the cast of their upcoming production of the Pulitzer Prize comedy Harvey by Mary Chase. Donahue, an Emmy nominee, is well known for her role as Betty on Father Knows Best. Harvey opens Thursday, September 24 and runs through Sunday, September 27 at Owens Auditorium at Sandhills Community College, located at 3395 Airport Road in Pinehurst.
In addition to Donahue (as Mrs. Betty Chumley) the cast of Harvey also includes David Mason (Law & Order: SVU, House of Cards, The Leftovers) as Elwood P. Dowd; Shannon Agnew, Drew Bolander, Chris Brown, JD Demers, Adam Faw, Kelly Hackett, Lenore Kaler, Diana Cameron McQueen, and Chris Thomas.
Harvey is the story of Elwood P. Dowd, whose best friend is Harvey: a 6’1 1/2” rabbit “pooka,” visible only to him. When Elwood’s social-climbing sister Veta attempts to have Elwood committed at Chumley’s Rest, hilarious and heartwarming complications ensue. Harvey is a hilarious comic fantasy about finding your real (and imaginary) friends. The New York Post called the recent Broadway revival, “A show for the entire family, from kids to grandparents.”
Mary Chase’s Harvey debuted on Broadway on November 1, 1944. Harvey ran for 1,775 performances and won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It starred Frank Fay and Josephine Hull and was directed by Antoinette Perry (the namesake of the Tony Awards). During its nearly five-year Broadway run, replacements included Jack Buchanan, Joe E. Brown, and James Stewart, who also played the lead in the 1950 Universal film. It has had two limited run revivals on Broadway, first in 1970 with James Stewart and Helen Hayes, and most recently in 2012 with Jim Parsons, Jessica Hecht, and Carol Kane. The three adaptations of Harvey for American television starred Art Carney (1958), James Stewart (1972) and Harry Anderson (1996).
The performance schedule for Harvey is as follows:
– Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
– Friday, September 25, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.
– Saturday, September 26, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
– Sunday, September 27, 2015 at 2:00 p.m.
To purchase tickets to Harvey or request additional information, please visit http://judsontheatre.com/ or call eTix at (800) 514-ETIX (3849). Groups of 10+ email JudsonTheatre@gmail.com for group pricing information.
BIO: ELINOR DONAHUE North Carolinians probably know television icon Elinor Donahue best as Andy Taylor’s girlfriend Ellie Walker, the “lady druggist”, on The Andy Griffith Show. She received an Emmy nomination as Betty on Father Knows Best and has been a series regular on The Odd Couple (as Miriam, Felix’s girlfriend), Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman (as Rebecca, Dr. Quinn’s sister) and the cult hit series Get a Life (as Chris Elliot’s mom).
From Cold Case to The Loretta Young Show, Donahue’s work in Guest Star roles is a virtual history of television, including: Star Trek, The Golden Girls, Friends, Murder She Wrote, Ellen, Mork & Mindy, Coach, The Dukes of Hazzard, Happy Days, Diff’rent Strokes, The Flying Nun, Newhart, Days of Our Lives, Santa Barbara, The Young and the Restless, Dennis the Menace, The Love Boat, Fantasy Island, Hotel, One Day at a Time, 77 Sunset Strip, Have Gun-Will Travel, Dr. Kildare, S.W.A.T, Police Woman, Barnaby Jones, The Rookies, The Virginian, and The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show.
On the big screen, her most recent work includes Princess Diaries 2 with Anne Hathaway and Julie Andrews, Pretty Woman with Julia Roberts, and Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare. By the time she was five, Donahue was placed under contract to Universal Studios and completed her first film, Mr. Big with Donald O’Connor. At age nine, she moved to MGM, and during that studio’s heyday she appeared in The Unfinished Dance and Tenth Avenue Angel with Margaret O’Brien; Three Darling Daughters with Jeanette MacDonald and Jane Powell; and Love is Better Than Ever with Elizabeth Taylor. At other studios, she had roles in Tea for Two with Doris Day and Gordon MacRae; My Blue Heaven with Betty Grable; and Girls Town with Mamie Van Doren and Mel Torme.
Elinor has also graced the stage in many theatrical productions including Critic’s Choice, Murder Among Friends, Tribute, Alone Together, and Never Too Late.
“We’re thrilled to have Elinor Donahue join us in North Carolina for Harvey. She holds a special place in the heart of many North Carolinians because of her work on The Andy Griffith Show.” states Morgan Sills (Executive Producer). “Having Elinor Donahue headline this cast that we’ve selected from New York, Hollywood, Chicago, and North Carolina is a dream come true. We look forward to welcoming her to the Sandhills,” says JTC’s Artistic Director, Daniel Haley.
ABOUT JUDSON THEATRE COMPANY:
Judson Theatre Company is the Professional Theatre Company in Residence at Sandhills Community College. All performances take place in Owens Auditorium, located at 3395 Airport Road in Pinehurst, N.C. Twice a year, the theatre brings noted stage and screen talent to perform in a series of productions designed to enrich the cultural fabric of North Carolina. Previous productions include Love Letters starring Hollywood icon Tab Hunter and TV favorite Joyce DeWitt (Three’s Company), Tuesdays with Morrie starring Jamie Farr (M*A*S*H), Bell, Book and Candle starring Mindy Cohn (The Facts of Life), Driving Miss Daisy starring four-time Emmy winner Michael Learned (The Waltons), Steel Magnolias, To Kill a Mockingbird starring Johnny Whitaker (Family Affair), and Neil Simon’s Plaza Suite starring Eve Plumb (The Brady Bunch) and Rex Smith (Solid Gold). For more information, visit http://www.judsontheatre.com.