‘The Elephant Man’ Takes Stage at UNA Oct 29-31, Nov. 5-7

Sep. 29, 2009


FLORENCE, Ala. – Bernard Pomerance’s Tony Award-winning drama “The Elephant Man” will take stage at the University of North Alabama Oct. 29-31 and Nov. 5-7. Show time is 7:30 each evening in Norton Auditorium. Tickets are $5 for students and UNA employees and $10 for the general public.

“The Elephant Man,” set in the Victorian era, is based on the true life story of Joseph Merrick, a man born with extreme physical deformations caused by a congenital disorder. The play highlights the repressive social attitudes of Victorian times as well as the society’s scientific ideas concerning the survival of the fittest.

The play contains subject matter that may be unsuitable for some audiences.

“The Elephant Man” is being produced by special arrangements with Samuel French Inc., New York City. It is being directed by Dr. David Ruebhausen, associate professor of theatre.

The following UNA students are involved in the play as cast members or as members of the production crew:

ROLENAMEHOMETOWN
Dr. TrevesMark KeetonTrinity
RossMichael BaldwinBirmingham
PinheadsLesley HarperMadison
Belgian Police, ConductorJames BaxleyMuscle Shoals
PinheadsAndrea SwaffordAlabaster
Miss SandwichCynthia BillupsBrighton
MerrickAndrew MaxwellRogersville
Pinheads Owner, London PoliceLuke HunterPowder Springs, Ga.
Belgian Police, Porter (Will)R.J. O’ConnellFlorence
Mr. GommMatt MallardDecatur
DuchessKat PurcellTrinity
Bishop HoweTim SpearingHazel Green
Mrs. KendalKette JexFlorence
Mrs. KendalLiza MontgomeryFlorence
MerrickForrest HarlanFlorence
Princess AlexandraChelsea HughesSheffield
Lord JohnMax RaybonTuscumbia
CountessJulia GilchristFlorence
SnorkAaryn KilpatrickCordova
Assistant DirectorBryan BeckleanMuscle Shoals
Assistant Director, Costume DesignerBrittany JamesRussellville
Stage ManagerBryan HallRussellville
Scene DesignerMatthew BryantGallant
DramaturgBrinna BrownFlorence
Assistant Technical DirectorJake FaulknerRussellville

PHOTO OPPORTUNITY: The cast and crew of “The Elephant Man” will be available to the media for photos at 6 p.m. Oct. 26 in Norton Auditorium.