The Elephant Man , written in 1977 by Bernard Pomerance and debuted on Broadway in 1979, is based on real-life story of Victorian-era Joseph Merrick. In 1979 it received numerous awards, and ran until 1981 for almost 1000 performances. Revived first in 2002 at the Royal Theater for a short run, The Elephant Man is back at the Booth Theater for a 13 week engagement starting December 2014.
The story of Joseph Merrick is uplifting, albeit not upbeat. Born with a severe deformity, Merrick (Cooper) is forced into a traveling freak show, living a life of embarrassment and ridicule. After meeting Dr. Treves (Nicola), he is introduced to Mrs. Kendal (Clarkson), and the more tender thoughtful side of Merrick emerges. A story of love, friendship, trust and hope, The Elephant Man raises tough questions about society and perceptions.
Instead of using makeup or prosthetics to communicate Merrick’s deformity, it has been historically portrayed through physicality of the actor and the reaction of others, allowing the audience to see what they want to see. With a history of strong (and handsome) men carrying the leading role - David Bowie, Billy Crudup, Mark Hamill and now Bradley Cooper – this method of bending perception/reality while playing with inner/outer appearances is part of what makes The Elephant Man as successful and effective as it has been.
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