The Elephant Man
Written by Bernard Pomerance
Directed by Don Bernardo
November 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18, 2023
Secured with Rights by Concord Theatricals
TRIGGER WARNING - the lead character, John Merrick, is disfigured and may be difficult for some to view.
THE STORY: The Elephant Man is based on the life of John Merrick, who lived in London during the latter part of the nineteenth century. A horribly deformed young man – the victim of rare skin and bone diseases – he becomes the star freak attraction in traveling sideshows. Found abandoned and helpless, he is admitted to London’s prestigious Whitechapel Hospital. Under the care of celebrated young physician Frederick Treves, Merrick is introduced to London society and slowly evolves from an object of pity to an urbane and witty favorite of the aristocracy and literati, only to be denied his ultimate dream – to become a man like any other.