Gregory Boyd directs the play about a man and his companion: a six-foot-tall invisible white rabbit. Harvey officially opens April 21 and will run through May 9 on the Hubbard Stage. Nielsen, last seen on the New York stage in the premiere of Christopher Durang's Why Torture Is Wrong and the People Who Love Them, portrays Veta Louise Simmons, with Bean as Duane Wilson.
The cast also features James Belcher as Judge Omar Gaffney, James Black as Elwood P. Dowd, Elizabeth Bunch as Myrtle Mae Simmons, Emily Neves as Ruth Kelly R.N., Melissa Pritchett as Miss Johnson/Betty Chumley, John Tyson as William R. Chumley M.D., Todd Waite as E.J. Lofgren, Anne Quackenbush as Mrs. Ethel Chauvenet and Mark Shanahan as Lyman Sanderson M.D.
"Affable Elwood P. Dowd has a kind word for everyone he meets," according to the Alley. "He lives a quiet life with his social-climbing sister and her daughter and is devoted to his loyal and trustworthy friend and constant companion, Harvey. The fact that Harvey happens to be a six-foot tall invisible rabbit doesn't seem to bother Elwood but is an ongoing embarrassment to his family who decides to have him committed."
The creative team includes Hugh Landwehr (scenic design), Judith Dolan (costume design) and Pat Collins (lighting design), with original sound design and compositions by Josh Schmidt. Dramaturgs are Mark Bly and Lauren Halvorsen.
For tickets visit AlleyTheatre or call (713) 220-5700.
The Alley Theatre is located at 615 Texas Avenue in Houston, TX.