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Elephant Man, The - Full Length Play, Drama

Elephant Man, The

Bernard Pomerance

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Full Length Play, Drama

6m, 2f

ISBN: 9780573608742

John Merrick is a man living with horrifying, rare skin and bone diseases. Seen as a freak by society, his life changes when young physician Frederick Treves agrees to care for him. Merrick quickly becomes a favorite of the English aristocracy - an acceptance that comes with a heavy price.

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Description

Full Length Play

Drama

Biography, Docudrama/Historic

120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - 19th Century

Settings Of Play - 1884-1890. London. One scene is in Belgium. 

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Cutting Approved for Competition, UIL Approved, Competition or audition material

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

Mild Adult Themes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

Tony, From Broadway

WINNER -1979 Tony® Award for Best Play
WINNER -2015 Drama Desk Award, Best Revival of a Play
NOMINEE -2015 4 Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Play
NOMINEE -2015 Drama League Award, Best Revival of a Play
NOMINEE -2015 5 Outer Critics Circle Awards including Best Revival of a Play

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, victim of rare skin and bone diseases, he has become the star freak attraction in traveling side shows. 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.


REVIEWS:

"Pomerance's tale showcases the triumph of a very human spirit, personified by the sensitive, almost saintly Merrick."-Associated Press, Read More

"It is nevertheless a spectacular delivery system for bravura performances." Vulture, Read More


RELATED ARTICLES ON BREAKING CHARACTER:

Mammoth and Moving: THE ELEPHANT MAN on Broadway
by Ben Coleman
January 5, 2015

The Elephant Man was produced on Broadway at The Booth Theatre, on April 22, 1979. 
Characters

CASTING

6m, 2f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

CASTING NOTES

No one with any history of back trouble should attempt the part of Merrick as contorted. Anyone playing the part of Merrick should be advised to consult a physician about the problems of sustaining any unnatural or twisted position. 

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

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
DUCHESS
COUNTESS
PRINCESS ALEXANDRA
LORD JOHN
NURSE, MISS SANDWICH 
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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

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Reviews
Chris Couch 3/31/2016 9:22 PM
kara barbee 2/18/2016 9:33 AM
Great play. Very excited to be working on producing such a classic play.

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