THE ELEPHANT MAN

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“ELOQUENTLY WRITTEN – DEEPLY MOVING”
Thursday Night Theater Club Presents
A Classic True-life Tale in
THE ELEPHANT MAN
By Bernard Pomerance

LOS ANGELES (January 28, 2019) – Thursday Night Theatre Club is proud to present a classic true-life tale and heart wrenching story that depicts the best and the worst of humanity. The Elephant Man is an eloquently written play by Bernard Pomerance, and is being directed by Robyn Cohen at The Historic El Portal Theatre. Running March 21 – 23 and April 3 – 14, 2019. Tickets: www.ElPortalTheatre.com

ABOUT THE SHOW
Taking place in Victorian England 1884, this gripping drama is based on the real life events of Joseph Carey Merrick. The Elephant Man is the story of a 19th century Englishman who has an unprecedented physical deformation. As a victim of a rare skin and bone disease called Proteus Syndrome, Merrick eventually becomes the star of a traveling freak show circuit. When the renowned Dr. Frederick Treves takes Merrick under his care, he is astonished by the young man’s brilliant mind, unshakable faith, and passionate desire for love, acceptance and romance. Merrick‘s astonishing and moving story is the basis for this Tony award winning play.

Part of that story includes Merrick’s acquaintance with a beautiful actress, Mrs. Kendal. She becomes entranced by Merrick‘s pure and genuine soul. As a complex friendship between the three main characters blossoms, Dr. Treves and Mrs. Kendall struggle to protect Merrick from the severity of his worsening condition, as well as from a world of opportunism, exploitation that make achieving a normal life seem all but impossible.

THE CAST OF THE ELEPHANT MAN
John Ralston Craig – “Frederick Treves”
Skip Pipo – “Carr Gomm / Conductor”
Tom Vitorino – “John Merrick”
Alice L. Walker – “Mrs. Kendal”
Jon Sperry – “Ross / Bishop Howe”
Jennipher Lewis – “Miss Sandwich / Pinhead”
Vanessa Vaughn – “The Duchess / Pinhead”
Emily Asher Kellis – “The Countess / Pinhead/Nurse”
Albert Soratorio – “Belgian Policeman”
Robin Roth – “Princess Alexandra / Nurse”
Nathan Wallace – “Policeman/Snork /Doctor #1”
Jay Parker – “Pinhead Manager / Lord John”
Logan Padilla – “Orderly Will”
David Revaza – “Orderly / Porter”

THE PRODUCTION TEAM
Written by Bernard Pomerance
Directed by Robyn Cohen
Technical Direction by Edwin Pleitez
Co-Produced by Tom Vitorino and Alice L. Walker
Produced by Thursday Night Theater Club
Production Assistant: Sasha Panfilova
Sound Engineering by Beau Bancroft
Set Design by Lillian George
Lighting Direction by Bo Tindall
Costume Design by Melissa Marks
Stage Managed by Brenna Howe
Flyman / Stage hand: Brian Green
Photography by Jason Ross Levy
D/P/Videography by David Ruano
Media Content Producing by Albert Soratorio
Publicity by Sandra Kuker PR

HISTORY OF JOHN JOSEPH MERRICK
Joseph Merrick has been the subject of many medical studies, documentaries and works of fiction. Born in Leicester in 1862 at the age of five, Merrick began to develop physical deformities to his skin, face, arms and feet. When he was 11 years old his mother died from bronchopneumonia, and his father remarried shortly thereafter. By 17, his relationship with his father had deteriorated and Merrick was forced to take up residence in a workhouse. After several years of destitution, Merrick sought to escape and found his way into a human oddities show in London where he was exhibited as ‘The Elephant Man.’ In 1884, a doctor named Frederick Treves happened to witness Merrick being exhibited in a store front across the road from where he was working at the London hospital. Dr. Treves rescued Merrick from his abusive situation, and admitted him into the London Hospital where Merrick lived until his untimely passing in 1890. He was 27 years old. Pomerance’s work brims with intelligence and ideas regarding human nature and the arbitrariness of life. Ideas that are as relevant today as they were in the Victorian era.

MULTIPLE AWARD WINNING PRODUCTION
THE ELEPHANT MAN is based on the life of Joseph Merrick, The play opened in London in 1977. It premiered on Broadway in 1979 and won all of the major theater awards, including three Tony Awards, three Obie Awards, four Drama Desk Awards, and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award. It was revived in both 2002 and 2014. Thursday Night Theatre Club is proud to open The Elephant Man at El Portal Theatre.

THE ELEPHANT MAN is set to open March 21 – 23 and April 3 – 14, 2019. Red Carpet Gala and Press will be invited to review on March 22 @ 8PM. Information and tickets now on sale through The El Portal website: www.ElPortalTheatre.com Located at 5269 Lankershim Blvd. No. Hollywood, CA. 91601
Additional information about Thursday Night Theater Club: www.ThursdayNightTheaterClub.com
Running time: 135 minutes (including intermission) (818) 508-4200

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