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 becomes the star freak attraction in traveling sideshows. 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. Premiering in London in November of 1977, the production moved to Broadway in 1979 and ran until 1981, winning the Tony Award for Best Play (among others).
Mesquite Arts Theatre’s production of The Elephant Man is directed by Scott Croy, who has been involved with MAT since 1994 is some capacity or other, including Director, AD/Stage Manager, Set Designer, Light Designer among many others. Directing credits include, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Camelot, Agnes of God, The Lion in Winter, and 100 Years of Broadway for MAT, and The Mousetrap for Duncanville Community Theatre. Assistant Director/Stage Manager is Karen Carboni. Lighting Designer is Victor Carboni. Set Designer is Emily Reyna Croy.
The Elephant Man runs for nine performances in the Black Box Theatre in the Mesquite Arts Center, located at 1527 N Galloway Ave. Mesquite, Texas 75149 from August 9th - August 25th. Performances are Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00 pm, and Sunday afternoons at 2:30 pm.