The production will run from April 26-28 at 8 p.m., and will include a matinee at 2 p.m. on April 29. Performances will take place at STC’s Copper Center for Communication Arts Black Box Studio Theatre located at 3201 W. Pecan Blvd. in McAllen.

The Elephant Man is based on the life of John Merrick, who lived in London during the latter part of the nineteenth century. A deformed young man, Merrick is a victim of a rare skin and bone disease, and has become the star freak attraction in travelling sideshows. Found abandoned, he is admitted to London’s Whitechapel hospital. Under the care of physician Frederick Treves, Merrick is introduced to London society. He evolves from an object of pity to an urbane and favorite of the aristocracy and literati only to be denied his ultimate dream, to become a man.

The Elephant Man portrays John Merrick’s life as he navigates through the cruelty and insincerity he encounters in his brief life,” says director Joel Jason Rodriguez. “Pomerance wrote a play that places a mirror in front of ourselves and ask us the questions, ‘Who do you believe you are in this world? How do your actions prove that to be true?’”

General admission tickets cost $5. Ticket sales from the April 26 production will go towards the Dr. John F. Carroll Drama Scholarship. The April 29 matinee production will be interpreted in American Sign Language.

Ticket cash or check purchases can be done one hour before the performance at the box office, or in advance online using a credit or debit card at https://secure.touchnet.com/C20193_ustores/web/store_main.jsp?STOREID=13 .

For additional information about the show, call 956-872-2301 or email drodri72@southtexascollege.edu or jrodriguez@southtexascollege.edu

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