THE SANCTUARY TO PRODUCE LIVE STAGE PRODUCTION OF BERNARD POMERANCE’S THE ELEPHANT MAN
By Signal Contributor
Friday, May 5th, 2017
When:
May 12, 2017 @ 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm
2017-05-12T21:00:00-07:00
2017-05-12T22:00:00-07:00
Where:
The Sanctuary Church
26444 Friendly Valley Pkwy
Santa Clarita, CA 91321
USA
Cost:
$10
Contact:
Jonathan Edwards
661.510.4635

THE SANCTUARY TO PRODUCE LIVE STAGE PRODUCTION OF BERNARD
POMERANCE’S THE ELEPHANT MAN
Production Dates: May 12-14 & May 19-21
Opening Night: Friday, May 12, 2017 – 7:00pm
Community VIP Performance (for Press & SCV Community Leaders): Thursday,
May 11, 2017 – 7:00pm
This powerful, poignant, and multi-faceted drama is based on the life of John Merrick,
who lived in London during the latter part of the nineteenth century. A horribly deformed
young man due to a rare skin and bone disorder, he became the star freak attraction in
traveling side-shows. Eventually found abandoned and helpless, he is providentially
admitted to London’s prestigious Whitechapel hospital. Under the care of celebrated
young physician, Frederick Treves, Merrick is introduced to London’s society and slowly
transforms from an object of pity to an urbane and witty favorite of the aristocracy and
literati only to seemingly be denied his ultimate dream: to become a man like any other.
That is a synopsis of the tale, but it’s much more than that. It compels us to grapple with
appearance, perspective, value, and character. It also challenges us to define, or better
yet, how and who we allow to define our worth. At the same time, and equally important,
it forces us to evaluate how we treat ourselves and others based on those embraced
definitions. It begs the question: What is normal, what truly makes a person, and what is
really important in life?
Though the events of the play take place in a distant season and place, it’s enduring
message spans time and location. This is not simply a story about Merrick, this is every
person’s story. We are all different. Yet we are not really that different at all.
Our prayer is that Merrick’s story will enlighten your personal journey and cause you to
look deeper than the surface and higher than the struggle.

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Signal Contributor

Signal Contributor

THE SANCTUARY TO PRODUCE LIVE STAGE PRODUCTION OF BERNARD POMERANCE’S THE ELEPHANT MAN

When:
May 12, 2017 @ 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm
2017-05-12T21:00:00-07:00
2017-05-12T22:00:00-07:00
Where:
The Sanctuary Church
26444 Friendly Valley Pkwy
Santa Clarita, CA 91321
USA
Cost:
$10
Contact:
Jonathan Edwards
661.510.4635

THE SANCTUARY TO PRODUCE LIVE STAGE PRODUCTION OF BERNARD
POMERANCE’S THE ELEPHANT MAN
Production Dates: May 12-14 & May 19-21
Opening Night: Friday, May 12, 2017 – 7:00pm
Community VIP Performance (for Press & SCV Community Leaders): Thursday,
May 11, 2017 – 7:00pm
This powerful, poignant, and multi-faceted drama is based on the life of John Merrick,
who lived in London during the latter part of the nineteenth century. A horribly deformed
young man due to a rare skin and bone disorder, he became the star freak attraction in
traveling side-shows. Eventually found abandoned and helpless, he is providentially
admitted to London’s prestigious Whitechapel hospital. Under the care of celebrated
young physician, Frederick Treves, Merrick is introduced to London’s society and slowly
transforms from an object of pity to an urbane and witty favorite of the aristocracy and
literati only to seemingly be denied his ultimate dream: to become a man like any other.
That is a synopsis of the tale, but it’s much more than that. It compels us to grapple with
appearance, perspective, value, and character. It also challenges us to define, or better
yet, how and who we allow to define our worth. At the same time, and equally important,
it forces us to evaluate how we treat ourselves and others based on those embraced
definitions. It begs the question: What is normal, what truly makes a person, and what is
really important in life?
Though the events of the play take place in a distant season and place, it’s enduring
message spans time and location. This is not simply a story about Merrick, this is every
person’s story. We are all different. Yet we are not really that different at all.
Our prayer is that Merrick’s story will enlighten your personal journey and cause you to
look deeper than the surface and higher than the struggle.

About the author

Signal Contributor

Signal Contributor