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'Harvey,' a giant rabbit tale, opens Saint Vincent Summer Theatre season on May 24

Shirley McMarlin
| Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 11:06 a.m.
Cav O’Leary, seen at right with Karen Baum in a 2013 production of 'The Nerd,' will play Elwood P. Dowd in 'Harvey,' the first production of the Saint Vincent Summer Theater season opening May 24.
Saint Vincent Summer Theatre
Cav O’Leary, seen at right with Karen Baum in a 2013 production of 'The Nerd,' will play Elwood P. Dowd in 'Harvey,' the first production of the Saint Vincent Summer Theater season opening May 24.

“Harvey,” the tale of a man and his imaginary rabbit friend, will open the 50th season of the Saint Vincent Summer Theatre on May 24.

Mary Chase's 1944 script will be directed by Greggory Brandt and will star theater veteran Cav O'Leary as Elwood P. Dowd, who sees the titular 6-foot bunny. The show will run through June 10.

Playing opposite O'Leary in the role of Dowd's sister Veta, who first tries to have him committed and then starts seeing Harvey herself, will be Renata Marino of Greensburg's Stage Right, who has served as both an actress and choreographer for the summer theater.

“Harvey” cast members making their debut on the Saint Vincent stage will be Lilli Babb as Myrtle Mae Simmons, Cyndi Plyler as Mrs. Ethel Chauvenet, Kayleen Seidl as Ruth Kelly, R.N., and Daniel Pivovar as Duane Wilson.

O'Leary, a Greensburg native and 2004 graduate of Hempfield Area High School, will be making his 22nd appearance at Saint Vincent. He studied at Westmoreland County Community College, Penn State and Point Park University and now lives and performs in New York City.

Also on tap for the theater's 50th season are “Nunsense,” June 2-July 15; “Leading Ladies, Aug. 2-19; and a Christmas musical revue, Dec. 14-16.

Performances are scheduled in the Performing Arts Center of the Robert S. Carey Student Center on the Unity campus. Free trolley service is provided from parking areas near Saint Vincent Basilica.

The theater will continue its tradition of Cabaret, the after-the-show receptions during which Saint Vincent students serve snacks, hot dogs and beverages and provide entertainment.

The 29th annual Saint Vincent Summer Theatre Gala will be held June 29.

Season subscriptions and individual tickets are now available.

Details: 724-537-8900 or

Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-836-5750, or via Twitter @shirley_trib.

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