FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 14, 2009
“Elephant Man” Performance Wed., Apr. 22 through Sat., Apr. 25
Athens, W.Va. – The theater department at Concord University presents “Elephant Man” by Bernard Pomerance. The show will take place in the H.C. Paul Theater in the Alexander Fine Arts Center Wednesday, April 22 through Saturday, April 25; all shows will be at 8 p.m.
“Elephant Man” involves the life and trials of Joseph Merrick. Merrick suffers from a debilitating and disfiguring disease that places him firmly as a side-show freak in Victorian England. Taken in by Dr. Treves, Merrick learns that even the most professional are affected by his appearance and only the kindness of an actress opens him up to humanity. “Elephant Man” gives audiences a chance to judge their own values and look at how all of us are involved in this human experience.
Dr. Thomas C. Gambill, associate professor of communication arts and theater director, says, “‘Elephant Man’ gives audience members a chance to truly analyze what it means to be human. I hope that the community enjoys watching this performance as much as we have enjoyed staging it.”
The theater workshop and stage production classes put on a full scale show each spring semester and are actively involved in every aspect of the production. All set pieces, costumes, lighting structure and acting are done by Concord University students.
Admission is free for all members of Concord’s campus and the community. Donations will be accepted at the door.
For more information regarding this performance, contact Dr. Gambill at 304-384-5259.
CONCORD UNIVERSITY NOTES: Persons with disabilities should contact Nancy Ellison at 304-384-6086 if special assistance or help is required for access to an event scheduled be the College on campus.
This news release was written by Larry Phares, a student in Concord University’s Communication Arts Department. His hometown is Athens.