The Elephant Man

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The first fall theatre production of the semester,  “The Elephant Man,” will premiere 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, at Van Cliburn Auditorium in the Anne Dean Turk Fine Arts Center and continues nightly through Saturday, Oct. 12. A matinee is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 13.

“The Elephant Man” is a 1977 Broadway production and was written by Bernard Pomerance.

The play is based on the life of Joseph Merrick, a man in the Victorian era who had two rare diseases that caused his body to become deformed.

In 1979, “The Elephant Man” won the Tony Award for Best Play. When on Broadway, the play included actors such as Bruce Davison and David Bowie. The play is famous for not having the actors who portray Merric

k wear prosthetics. This allows for the audience to use their imagination.

The play contains adult material and is for mature audiences.

Kathy Barber, theatre instructor, suggests that children younger than 14 do not attend.

“I would not want my child looking at the images of Mr. Merrick,” Barber said. “They are very disturbing.”

Late arrivals and children under the age of 6 will not be admitted.

The box office will open one hour prior to each performance. Reservations are available at 903-983-8126 or

Reserved tickets may be picked up at the will call table one hour prior to the performance.

General admission is $6 for adults, $5 for students and $4 for KC students when they present their student ID.

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Ben Bolin, left, Dustin Kincaide, Shelby Guillam, rehearse for the Tuesday, Oct. 8 opening performance of “The Elephant Man.”