‘The Elephant Man’ coming to EPAC

By on August 19, 2015

Recently revived on Broadway, “The Elephant Man” first debuted in 1979 and enjoyed a 916-show run. Written by Bernard Pomerance in 1977, “The Elephant Man” explores the life of Joseph Merrick as he struggles to lead a normal life in the face of severe physical deformity.

Ephrata Performing Arts Center will present this socially relevant classic at EPAC’s Sharidan Bigler Theatre. The production opens on Sept. 3 and runs through Sept. 19.

Set in Victorian London, “The Elephant Man” follows Merrick as he struggles to transition from an exploited freak show exhibit to a life of dignity. But tragically, his transition into normal society and desire to be treated equally among peers do not go as planned. No prosthetic makeup is used on the actor portraying Merrick, adding a notable twist to the depiction of the play’s protagonist.

Led by Director Michael Swanson, this riveting story will keep audiences absorbed from act to act. Explore the ever-present issue of social morality as Merrick navigates his way through misplaced charity, public fear, and friendship.

Tickets can be purchased at ephrataperformingartscenter.com or by calling 733-7966 x1.

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