The Elephant Man is a moving drama. “Lofted on poetic wings, it nests in the human heart.” — T.E Kalem, Time Magazine. And on these poetic wings it will be presented by the Town Players of Newtown. The Elephant Man will be directed by Terry Polvay and produced by Michele Leigh and Ella Jurgielewicz.
The play is based on the life of John Merrick, who lived in London in the latter part of the nineteenth century. Horribly deformed, and in order to earn a living, he was a main attraction in traveling side shows. Abandoned and helpless he came under the care of a young doctor, who educated and introduced John Merrick to London society. His dignity and wisdom despite his affliction changes him from an object of pity to the witty favorite of the aristocracy. John Merrick became known worldwide as the Elephant Man. Written by Bernard Pomperance, the play has received major drama awards including the Tony Award and the New York Drama Critics Award. Recently performed in 2015 by Bradley Cooper as the Elephant Man, the play continues to gain acclaim and awards.
The Elephant Man runs from April 24th through May 9th. Showdates are Apr 24, 25, 26, May 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9. Auditions will be held at the Little Theater, 18 Orchard Hill Road, Newtown, Connecticut. Please be prepared to read from the script.
CAST OF CHARACTERS
6 MALES AND 2 FEMALES
- FREDERICK TREVES – a surgeon and teacher
- CARR GOMM – administrator of the London Hospital
- ROSS – Manager of the Elephant Man
- JOHN MERRICK – the Elephant Man
- THREE PINHEADS – three women freaks whose heads are pointed
- BELGIAN POLICEMEN
- LONDON POLICEMAN
- MAN – at a fairground in Brussels
- CONDUCTOR – of Ostend-London boat train
- BISHOP WALSHAM HOW
- PORTER – at the London Hospital
- SNORK – also a porter
- MRS. KENDAL – an actress
- PRINCESS ALEXANDRA
- LORD JOHN
- NURSE, MISS SANDWICH