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'The Elephant Man' comes to the HCC stage
3/2/2016

Highland Community College Theatre Arts program presents "The Elephant Man," by Bernard Pomerance for the spring 2016 theatre production. Performance dates are 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 31, Friday, April 1 and Saturday, April 2 in the Fine Arts Theatre located in the Ferguson Fine Arts Center.

The play "The Elephant Man" is a moving portrait of human dignity, based on the life of John Merrick. Merrick lived with a rare skin and bone disease. He was seen as a freak and was put in the circus as a sideshow. After he meets Dr. Frederick Treves, Merrick's life changes for the better, but at a heavy price. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Play and the Drama Desk Award for Best Revival of Play, "The Elephant Man" has attracted well-known actors, such as the late David Bowie and Bradley Cooper in the challenging role of John Merrick.

"The play deals with difference and shared humanity," said Laura Early. "Merrick's desire to be seen as a human being rings true and is relevant to our current society, in which we are taught to fear those different from us and view human beings as commodities for sale. We see ourselves in Merrick and in the other characters' reactions to him."

According to Ben Brantley of The New York Times in his review of the 2015 revival of the play with Bradley Cooper as Merrick, he said, "...the script's arc is shaped not so much by Merrick's transformation as by the reactions to it. In the show's elegant centerpiece scene, a succession of people...all speak of how much Merrick is 'like me.'"

The production of "The Elephant Man" is directed by Early, Highland Community College Theatre, Theatre Instructor and director of the HCC Theatre Arts program, with a cast composed of Highland theatre majors and other students. The set is designed and constructed by Dave Vrtol, Highland Community College Technical Theatre Director, and Highland students. The lighting is designed by Highland student, Alex Jansen. Costumes are designed by Linda Adams-Foat of Camelot Costumes, LLC. This production is produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Tickets are $10 for adults; $8 for seniors and $6 for students. There is a $2 transaction fee for every ticket purchased. For reservations call 815.599.3718 or visit highland.edu.



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