Historical fact and legend about the tragic events surrounding the visit of a struggling circus to a tiny Tennessee town are brought to the stage when the Illinois Central College Theatre Program presents Elephant’s Graveyard in the ICC Performing Arts Center, located on the East Peoria Campus.
Six performances of the production take place over two weekends from February 20 through March 1. Shows begin at 7:30 pm on Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 pm on Sundays.
The show is rated R for minimal adult language.
Elephant’s Graveyard, written by George Brant, explores the deep-seated American craving for spectacle, violence and revenge in telling the tale of the events of September 1916, when a circus visits a small town in Tennessee. The play has received numerous positive reviews and received several awards, including the Keene Prize for Literature, the David Mark Cohen National Playwriting Award from the Kennedy Center/ATHE, and a “Best New Play” citation from the Austin Critics’ Circle.
Members of the cast include: Nathan Apodaca of Brimfield, Hannah Bruce of Bartonville, Patrick Bruce of Bartonville, Breeann Dawson of Normal, MJ Dougherty of Peoria, Hannah Gidcumb of Tremont, Victor Griffith of Washington, Ryan Groves of Carlock, Ramsey Hendricks of Bloomington, Nick McCumber of Peoria Heights, Christopher McHenry of Washington, Brenton Pfaff of Peoria, Tannen Skriver of Washington, and Bryce Stillson of Peoria Heights.
The ICC production is directed by Robin Berkley. The play is being produced with special arrangement by Samuel French, Inc.
Tickets cost $7 for the general public and $5 for students and senior citizens. For tickets or more information, visit ArtsAtICC.com or call (309) 694-5136.
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