Possum Point Players will soon get audiences laughing with a silly play about a man who can see an imaginary rabbit.

Possum Point Players will soon get audiences laughing with a silly play about a man who can see an imaginary rabbit.

“Harvey” will start off 2016, opening Jan. 29. The production will include an optional dinner.

Additional mainstage shows featured during the season are the comedic “Moon Over the Brewery,” dramatic “A Raisin in the Sun,” musical “Into the Woods” and holiday show “Miracle on 34th Street: The Musical.”

Possum Point president Jim Hartzell spoke about the allure of “Harvey,” an important lesson learned from Possum’s 2015 season, benefits of seeing live theater and more.

What’s the story of “Harvey”?

It’s the story of Elwood P. Dowd and his pooka, an invisible white rabbit. His family tries to get him committed and it doesn’t happen, although he goes there and they talk to him and take him back and forth to doctors. It’s the story from the [namesake] movie with Jimmy Stewart, which was a very big movie when it came out.

What makes “Harvey” a strong season opener?

“Harvey” is a very popular play among theatergoers. It is a comedy, which we’re looking for when we do our dinner theaters. Also, it’s a relatively small cast and we think it will be a good draw.

What show this season will sell the most tickets?

It’s kind of hard to say, although “Into the Woods” having just come out as a movie will probably attract the most attention, as do our musicals. “Harvey” is probably a pretty-popular comedy. But our Christmas show is going to be another full-scale musical called “Miracle on 34th Street: The Musical.” It’s been a very popular movie.

What did you learn from 2015?

We did a number of shows, in which our sets were extremely expensive. When you’ve been doing these [sets] for a long time, particularity over a year, even though they’re spectacular and they’re received very well – they take up an awful a lot of time and resources. So I’d say one thing we’ll be taking a close look at is how expensive our sets are going to be. Maybe some of them will be creative. I don’t necessarily mean they’re going to be less attractive. But they may not be as expensive as they’ve been in the past for shows like “To Kill a Mockingbird” or when the Possum Juniors did “Bye Bye Birdie” or when we did “Hairspray,” which was a tremendous amount of set building.

Why is it important to experience live theater?

I’d recommend anybody to take in as many cultural venues as they can and see what’s out there, see what’s available, see what attracts their attention. If they’ve never been, going might direct them to either attend more, or depending on their age and their mission, they might want to get into that era or at least explore it. But it’s kind of like anything else, the more you get out and the more you see different things, the more varied experiences you have and the broader your background.


WHAT ‘Harvey,’ presented by Possum Point Players

WHEN 7:30 p.m., Jan. 29-30; 2 p.m., Jan. 31; final show is Feb. 7

WHERE Possum Hall, 441 Old Laurel Road, Georgetown

COST $20 show only; $45 with dinner

INFO Visit possumpointplayers.org