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Bayou Playhouse Director Perry Martin appears on stage in classic comedy, Harvey

Bayou Playhouse Director Perry Martin appears on stage in classic comedy, Harvey

The Bayou Playhouse presents Mary Chase's classic comedy, Harvey, starring Bayou Playhouse Artistic Director Perry Martin. The Pulitzer Prize winning play made popular by the Oscar winning film starring James Stewart, will open on Friday, February 27 and run through Sunday, March 22 at the Bayou Playhouse in Lockport.

"This is the last role I ever performed as an actor at the old Thibodaux Playhouse 27 years ago. I left acting and started directing the following year." Martin said. “The production won Best Play and I walked away with the Best Actor Award in 1985. Now, I'm just trying not to fall off of the Bayou Playhouse stage and remember my lines," Martin continued with a grin.

Harvey is a heart warming comedy about Elwood P. Dowd, a pleasant, charming, yet quirky gentleman who drinks a tad too much and claims that his best friend is a six foot white rabbit named Harvey. Unfortunately, it seems Elwood, played by Martin, is the only one who can see Harvey. To his family and the staff of the sanitarium, Harvey is a figment of Elwood's imagination. Or is he?

Bayou Playhouse Managing Director, Cindy F. Griffin jokes, "Perry is very visually impaired, so the staff at the Bayou Playhouse is having great fun with the fact that this is the first time Perry can see something that no one else can."

Joining Martin on stage are Bayou Playhouse favorite actors / comedians Travis Resor, Jacob Miller, Sara Jane Goodrum and Camille Griffin. Joining the Playhouse regulars are professional actors James Wright and Casey McShain making their Bayou Playhouse debut. The Bayou Playhouse is honored to also have in the cast the current and former Thibodaux Playhouse Presidents and husband and wife Roger and Daphne Hernandez.

"We are once again proud and excited to be back on stage with our sister theatre, the Bayou Playhouse. It is an amazing opportunity to work alongside some of the area's professional and amateur artists," said Roger Hernandez. "By working to support and promote others, the Bayou Playhouse and the Thibodaux Playhouse will remain a vibrant part of our communities."

Directing Harvey is Martin's long time friend stage, film and television actor / director Dane Rhodes. Rhodes is the first Bayou Playhouse guest director since we opened seven years ago. Dane has performed on the Bayou Playhouse stage in Torn Page and Turtles & Alligators. Besides his long career as a stage actor and director, Rhodes has appeared in such films including Abe Lincoln Vampire Slayer, Django Unchained and Love Song for Bobby Long, which he co-starred in with John Travolta and Scarlette Johannson.

The Bayou Playhouse is located at 101 Main Street in Lockport.

Harvey will open at the Bayou Playhouse on Friday, February 27 and run through Sunday, March 22, 2015. Tickets prices are $25 in advance online or $27 at the door. Advance reservations are highly recommended.

Performances run Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 2:30 pm. For ticket purchases, season subscriptions, corporate sponsorship or other information about the Bayou Playhouse, visit www.bayouplayhouse.com or call 1-888-99-BAYOU ext. 1.