‘Elephant Man’ is selection for Play Reading Society

NEW ULM – The August play reading selection for the Alice Lind Play Reading Society on Tuesday, Aug. 12, will be the award winning drama, “The Elephant Man” by Bernard Pomerance. The Lind House is located at 622 Center Street, New Ulm, MN. This play reading begins at 7 pm sharp. A $5 fee includes a script and refreshments.

The Winner of the 1979 Tony Award for Best Play, “The Elephant Man” 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, victim of rare skin and bone diseases, he has become the star freak attraction in traveling side shows.

Found abandoned and helpless, he is admitted to London’s prestigious Whitechapel hospital. Under the care of celebrated young physician Frederick Treves, 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.

Reservations must be made, as there are a limited number of scripts available. Call (507) 359-9990 and leave a message that you plan to attend. Participants will only be called if there are no more spaces available.

Volunteers will be asked to read parts throughout the evening. Depending on attendance, the leading roles may be read by several people for each act or scene. Persons attending do not have to read or may request smaller roles to read.

Suggestions from the public for future plays are strongly encouraged. Contact Paul Warshauer at (507) 359-9990. The complete list for the rest of the year can be found at www.newulmact.com or a copy of the season will be sent via US mail if requested.

The Society meets on the Second Tuesday of each month and is dedicated to the idea that reading and listening to plays allows the participants to understand the words and themes of the author more clearly than in some performances.

The series is named after the former governor’s wife, Alice Lind, a supporter of social causes and literacy. To make reservations, please leave a name and phone number on the voice mail at the NUACT office phone (507) 359-9990 along with how many will be in your party. For more information about the play reading options, go to www.newulmact.com or contact Paul Warshauer (507) 359-9990. For more information about the Lind House, please contact Trudy Beranek at (507) 354-8802.

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