The Elephant Man
The Elephant Man by Bernard Pomerance
A Senior Performance Thesis from Nate Krimmel
Directed by Amanda Klute ’15
The Elephant Man is based on the life of John Merrick, who lived in London during the latter part of the nineteenth century. Merrick, young and horribly deformed, has earned a living as a freak attraction in traveling sideshows. After being abruptly abandoned in Belgium, Merrick finds his way to London where he is admitted for observation to Whitechapel, a prestigious London hospital. Dr. Frederick Treves, a young, brilliant doctor, attempts to educate and socialize Merrick into London Society. However, as Merrick grows older, his condition worsens forcing him and others to understand that our most deeply held dreams, abilities, and beliefs are found internally.