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A perfect gentleman and his best friend, a six-foot-tall rabbit, come to the University of Fresno Pacific for a production of Harvey.

From the original Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway play to a classic Hollywood film starring James Stewart to a series of TV remakes and theatrical productions, the story of Elwood P. Dowd and his invisible companion has made people believe in the audience beyond what their eyes can see. Performances will take place at the Lin Family Performance Studio, part of the Warkentine Culture and Arts Center, on the main campus of FPU, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno.

The curtain goes up at 7 p.m. from November 10 to 12 and from November 16 to 19 and at 2 p.m. on November 13. Tickets are available at eventbrite.com/e/fpu-theater-presents-harvey-by-mary-chase-tickets-399615078457 or at the door. Admission is $15 for the general public and $5 for members of the FPU community.

In Mary Chase’s play, Elwood and Harvey are mostly happy, but Elwood’s sister Veta worries about the family’s social reputation and insists that Elwood go to a sanatorium. When an anxious Veta is mistaken, Elwood and Harvey slip away and unleash a whirlwind of confusion and mayhem.

The production is directed by Elizabeth A. Fiester, an assistant instructor at FPU and a master’s degree in theater from Fresno State University. A director and performer in the Fresno area for over 40 years, her home base is Good Company Players, where during this 2022 season she directed Guys and Dolls and The Music Man. Fiester has also done productions with Blossom Trail Players, CMT, Center Stage and Fresno City College and taught acting at Clovis West High School for 24 years.

For more information, contact Brandi Martin, MFA, Director of the FPU Theater Program, at [email protected] or 559-453-7190.

Fresno Pacific University is the only accredited Christian university founded in the Central Valley. FPU connects the untapped potential of every student with unlimited opportunities for professional, personal, and ethical growth. FPU offers undergraduate, graduate, and seminary programs that emphasize strong academic preparation and a strong ethical foundation to more than 3,000 mainstream and mature students at the main campus in southeast Fresno and across regional campuses in North Fresno, Visalia, Bakersfield and Merced as well as online. The university also reaches approximately 8,000 students through professional development studies. FPU is a Hispanic-serving institution, with a Hispanic student population of 56%. FPU is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and ranked first among Western universities – masters category by US News & World Report.

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