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Friday, January 17, 2020

OJAI—HARVEY auditions to be held on Saturday, January 25 from 10 am to 5 pm and on January 26 from 1 to 5 pm at the Sonshine Room of the Ojai Presbyterian Church, 304 Foothill Rd. Ojai, CA 93023

In the 21st century, many would expect to see more evolution in how we relate to other human beings. “HARVEY” shows us that even well-meaning amiable characters who don’t fit the societal norm can be judged and shunned. Especially by the ones they love the most. A relevant and complex play, “HARVEY,” is about a man who invents an imaginary companion, a giant bunny named Harvey, who, even in the chaos and dysfunction of life, helps balance the ordinary and not so ordinary complications the main character endures. All because he sees and approaches life differently.

“HARVEY” is the first play of the 2020 season for the Ojai Performing Arts Theater. The production will run weekends March 27-29, April 3-5, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30, Sundays at 2:00 at Matilija Auditorium.

“There is nothing trivial about its themes,” said Director Richard Camp. “This is a work about society’s perennial need to crush individuals who do not conform to majority thinking. It is also about our inability to listen to our fellow humans.”

Most of “HARVEY” takes place in a mental hospital, where Elwood’s sister Veta tries to have the man committed. All of this sounds heavy, but what makes this play unique is Elwood and Harvey ramble along in comedic form. A loveable, well-meaning middle-aged tippler and his giant 6-foot-tall imaginary bunny, who seems to have a strange effect on people it encounters, bring a lightness to this story.

Auditions are Saturday, January 25, 10:00 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday, January 26, 1:00 p.m. – 5 p.m. at the Sonshine Room of the Ojai Presbyterian Church, 304 Foothill Rd. Ojai, CA 93023.