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|SOUTHEASTERN THEATRE PRESENTS THE ELEPHANT MAN
HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana
University Theatre will present it’s last production of the spring 2003
season, The Elephant Man, April 30-May 3 in the university’s Vonnie
Based on the life of John Merrick, who lived in London during
the latter part of the 19th century, The Elephant Man tells the
tail of a horribly deformed young man who has been a freak attraction in
traveling side shows. He is found abandoned and helpless and is admitted
for observation to Whitechappel, a prestigious London hospital.
Under the care of a famous young
doctor, Merrick is educated and introduced to London society, where he
changes from a sensational object of pity to the urbane and witty favorite
of the aristocracy and literati.
“But Merrick’s belief that he
can become a man like any other is a dream never to be realized,” said
Southeastern Theatre director Selisa Hue.
The Elephant Man was written
by American playwright Bernard Pomerance. During the production’s opening
season, it won all major drama awards, including three Tony Awards, three
Obie Awards, the Drama Desk Award, and the New York Drama Circle Award.
Clarence Wethern of Hammond has
the title role, and the cast also includes Jonathan Creighton, Metairie;
Jeff Lukas, Mandeville; Jacob Zeringue, Bogalusa; Whitney Allen, Betsy
Mayeux, Vasil Cvetkov, Dennis Thomas, and Erin Klein, Hammond; Natalie
Austin and David Tribou, Ponchatoula; and Shawn Curry, Luling.
Josh Tillotson of Hammond is
serving as set designer; lighting designer and technical director is faculty
member Steve Schepker. Cast members will be wearing costume designed by
Southeastern theatre faculty member Robin Steptoe and moving to the steps
of choreographer Jessica Lee of Kentwood. Video production and design is
by Aaron Yazbeck of Abita Springs.
Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. performances
will be available at the Vonnie Borden box office, located in the lobby
of D Vickers Hall each evening of the performances. Tickets are $5 general
admission, $3 senior citizens and students, and free for all Southeastern
students with a valid university ID.
For additional information, contact
the department of music and dramatic arts at 985-549-2184.
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