Strohmayer bowing out

Members of the Harvey cast rehearsed.“My very good friend, the late Joe Sloane, was directing Harvey for our local theatre group in New York, and wanted me to have the role of Elwood. It just seemed to fit my personality so well, easy going and enjoying life as best you can. I actually got so into it, I thought I had a rabbit friend, but don’t spread that around,” laughed Strohmayer.

“It feels great and I really appreciate being able to play Elwood P. Dowd again. It is my favorite role and getting a second chance at it is great. And, if this is to be my swan song it’s a great way to go,” he said.

Many of those in the theater group don’t believe Strohmayer and feel he will stick around, at least in supporting roles. Many in the group would agree it wouldn’t be the same without him.

Those who are familiar with Harvey, know it is the story of a man who has a pooka as a friend – an invisible rabbit he calls Harvey. Many will recall the movie featuring a stellar performance by James Stewart. It may be that Elwood P. Dowd is a raving lunatic who sees imaginary six foot tall rabbits but there is meaning beneath the charming comedy of chaos and confused identities. There is a magic that Elwood leaves with those he comes in touch with; some believe Harvey has something to do with that.

“I hope it makes the audience realize that it doesn’t pay to sweat the small stuff and that life should be enjoyed more,” said Strohmayer of Mary Chase’s Pulitzer Prize winning play.

The play will be presented on Nov. 9, 10, 11, and 16, 17, 18, Friday and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. at the Carysbrook Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $12 advance, $15 at the door and $10 for students. Advance tickets are available online at or by calling 434-842-1333.

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