SLIDESHOW: Second Street Players presents The Elephant Man

Second Street Players presents “The Elephant Man” by Bernard Pomerance. Performance dates are April 13–15 and April 20–22. Curtain is at 7 p.m. for the Friday and Saturday shows and 2 p.m. for the Sunday shows. All performances will be held at The Riverfront Theater, 2 South Walnut St., Milford. Tickets are $17 and can be purchased at or by calling the box office at 800-838-3006.

“The Elephant Man” is based on the life of John Merrick in London during the latter part of the nineteenth century. A horribly deformed young man — a victim of rare skin and bone diseases — he becomes the star “freak” attraction in traveling sideshows. Found abandoned and helpless, he is admitted to London’s prestigious Whitechapel Hospital. Under the care of a celebrated, young physician, Frederick Treves, Mr. Merrick is introduced to London society and slowly evolves from an object of pity to an urbane and witty favorite of the aristocracy and literati, only to be denied his ultimate dream: to become a man like any other. Winner: 1979 Tony® Award, Best Play. Winner: 2015 Drama Desk Award, Best Revival of a Play. Nominee: Four 2015 Tony® Awards, including Best Revival of a Play. Nominee: 2015 Drama League Award, Best Revival of a Play. Nominee: Five 2015 Outer Critics Circle Awards, including Best Revival of a Play.

Anthony Natoli is making his Second Street Players debut as Dr. Fredrick Treves. Mr. Natoli is a Lewes resident and teacher at Sussex Tech High School. Brandon Twilley from Milford takes on the role of John Merrick. Mr. Twilley has been part of the Second Street Players for many years. Erin Rich from Dover joins the cast as Ms. Kendall, an actress who has a beautiful relationship with Merrick. Ms. Rich has been a big part of the Second Street Players, and was seen, recently, in the “Farndale Christmas Carol.”

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