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Whitworth Theatre Presents the Tony Award-Winning Play "The Elephant Man"

September 29, 2017
Whitworth Theatre will stage its fall production, the Tony Award-winning play The Elephant Man, on Oct. 13, 14, 20 and 21 at 7:30 p.m., and Oct. 15 and 22 at 2 p.m.

The performances will take place in Cowles Auditorium at Whitworth University. For tickets, please call (509) 777-4374, visit, or purchase at the box office beginning one hour prior to the performance. Cost: adults, $12; seniors (62-plus) and non-Whitworth students, $10; Whitworth students with valid student I.D., free. All tickets are general admission.

The Elephant Man is based on the life of Joseph Merrick, who lived in Victorian England and suffered from debilitating skin and bone diseases. A horribly deformed young man, Merrick becomes the star attraction in traveling sideshows. Abandoned by his keeper, Merrick is taken in by celebrated young physician Frederick Treves, who introduces him to London society. As Merrick evolves from being an object of revulsion and pity to becoming a favorite of the intelligentsia and aristocracy, the audience is faced with the timeless questions of what it means to be human and how to treat those who are seen as “other.” Previous productions have starred a wide range of performers, including David Bowie, Mark Hamill and Bradley Cooper.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of nearly 3,000 students, offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


Kim Dawson, theatre department program assistant, Whitworth University, (509) 777-3707 or

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