Mar 12, 2018
Bernard Pomerance's 1979 play The Elephant Man makes Merrick's story into a commentary on the nature of beauty. It ups the gay subtext and the heterosexism (a kindly lady even disrobes so that Merrick can see her nude body). However, since Pomerance stated that the actor playing Merrick should not wear any prosthetics, conveying the deformities only through body and facial movements, there is plenty of opportunity for beefcake.
Dale Moore in the Chester, New Jersey production.
Robert Bell in Adelaide performs with a photo of the real John Merrick.
You don't see many productions in high schools, as the role is very demanding, but A. J. Black at Lehi High School in Utah is giving it a try.
Windward Community College in Hawaii.
Tom Cornish, Queens Theater.