An Englishman living with severe deformities offers a harrowing look at social morality.

Recently revived on Broadway, The Elephant Man first debuted in 1979 and enjoyed a 916-show run. Bernard Pomerance's 1977 play, The Elephant Man explores the life of Joseph Merrick as he struggles to lead a normal life in the face of severe physical deformity. Ephrata Performing Arts Center will present this socially relevant classic at EPAC’s Sharidan Bigler Theatre. The production opens on September 3, 2015, and runs through September 19, 2015.

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Set in Victorian London, The Elephant Man follows Merrick as he struggles to transition from an exploited freak show exhibit to a life of dignity. But tragically, his transition into normal society and desire to be treated equally among peers do not go as planned. No prosthetic makeup is used on the actor portraying Merrick, adding a notable twist to the depiction of the play’s protagonist.

"Tim Riggs shines in EPAC's brilliant production of 'The Elephant Man'"

Janelle Janci, Lancaster Online
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EPAC's production will be led by director Michael Swanson. "As the sadly misshapen Merrick goes from being watched and mocked in a carny freak show – where he means nothing to anyone but income – to receiving the toast of Victorian London, he seems to move from shocking other to charming Everyman. The truth lies somewhere between in this sociological mystery, which pries into the motives of all those who want to know The Elephant Man," says Swanson.

"EPAC Presents a Forceful and Poignant THE ELEPHANT MAN"

Kelli Curtin, Theatre Sensation

This riveting story will keep audiences absorbed from act to act. Explore the ever-present issue of social morality as Merrick navigates his way through misplaced charity, public fear, and friendship.

EPAC would like to thank our wonderful sponsors who made this show possible.

EPAC's Opening Night Performance Sponsor is Dr. Karen & Dr. Evan Cooper.

EPAC's Individual Performance Sponsor is Green Mountain Cyclery Inc., and the Farrington Family.

EPAC’s Opening night party is at the The Ephrata American Legion.

EPAC's 2015 season sponsor is 12:34 MicroTechnologies.

EPAC's 2015 season media sponsor is Blue Ridge Communications.

Take home a keepsake poster commemorating The Elephant Man.

Now is your chance to purchase an original, limited-edition piece of art to hang on your wall. An Elephant Man poster is the perfect keepsake for any fan of theater that makes a powerful statement! These posters are $10 and will be signed and numbered by the artist to verify their authenticity.

Only 15 of these original masterful works will be produced, so act now to secure a piece of EPAC history that you and your family will cherish for years to come!

Once purchased, your artwork will be available for pickup at the theater during the run of the show, September 3 – September 19. Sorry, shipping is not available. Please bring your email confirmation as proof of purchase when you come to pick up your artwork.

You could also be the lucky winner of a limited edition original piece of art signed by the entire cast and crew!

Yes, one of these limited pieces will be secured and signed by the entire cast and crew of EPAC's production of The Elephant Man.

This special legacy piece is going to be raffled during the run of The Elephant Man with the drawing to be held closing day, September 19. You need not be present to win! Raffle tickets will be sold 1 for $5, 3 for $10, and 8 for $20, with all proceeds benefiting the Ephrata Performing Arts Center, your home for theater that matters!

EPAC's Opening Night Performance Sponsor

Dr. Karen & Dr. Evan Cooper

Opening Night Party

The Ephrata American Legion.

Individual Performance Sponsor

Green Mountain Cyclery Inc., and the Farrington Family.

Season Sponsor

12:34 MicroTechnologies

Season Media Sponsor

Blue Ridge Communications



More Information


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12:34 MicroTechnologies
2018 Season Sponsor
Commonwealth Charter Academy -- CCA
2018 Season Media Sponsor
Blue Ridge Communications

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