Based on the real life of Joseph Merrick, “The Elephant Man” by Bernard Pomerance is an inspiring tale of a passionate soul trapped in a body disfigured by a rare disease. After becoming a sensation in the traveling freak show circuit, he comes under the care of renowned surgeon Dr. Frederick Treves, who is captivated by Merrick’s intelligence, humor and desire for love.
“One of the most heartfelt traits of the title character is that in spite of his own physical challenges, he has profound empathy for each person he encounters, no matter the station or walk of life,” says actor Michael Gotch. “This character and this play have so much to offer the world today in how humanity can treat each other with mercy, justice and respect.”
“The Elephant Man” is a poignant look at intolerance, friendship and the healing gift of compassion. It is presented by Resident Ensemble Players (REP), the professional theatre company located at the University of Delaware.
“The Elephant Man” runs March 2–19. Tickets range from $24–$30, with discounts available for seniors and students.
Roselle Center for the Arts
110 Orchard Road
Newark, DE 19716