Friday, September 28, 2018 - Sunday, October 7, 2018
1916. There was a town, a circus, and Mighty Mary–the largest land mammal the nation had ever seen. The new trainer couldn’t control her, and Mary killed. The townspeople called out for her destruction, and the circus complied. What followed was a tragic execution—an elephant hung on a railway crane—which silenced a population. Set in September of 1916, the play combines historical fact and legend, exploring the deep-seated American craving for spectacle, violence and revenge.
The play conjures a world with its own atmosphere and terrible internal logic and buzzes with truth about the consequences of misunderstanding, the invisible but enormous gap between artists and their audiences, and the infernal beauty of Vaudeville. Based on the historical events that still stain the town of Erwin, Tennessee, Elephant’s Graveyard is the cautionary tale of American ingenuity in all its amazing and terrible splendor.
Elephant’s Graveyard is licensed through Samuel French.