Monday, November 1, 2021

Pooka Day and Mary Chase

Today is November 1st, the Day of the Pooka in Ireland!  

One of the most famous pookas is Harvey, the creation of Mary Chase, the Irish playwright who won the Pulitzer Prize for her play Harvey about a six foot tall invisible rabbit who only Elwood P. Dowd can see.

Harvey opened on Broadway on Pooka Day, November 1st in 1944 and ran for four and a half years.

In Irish lore a puca (one of many iterations of the word) is a large animal, maybe a goat or a horse or a rabbit who is known for spreading mischief. Harvey is one of the nicer versions. There are many that are as not as benign.

Here's to Harvey on Pooka Day!