Theatre and Dance Department presents "Elephant's Graveyard"

Talents of students and faculty members come together for this dramatic production.




7:30 p.m.


Phipps Auditorium, Macmillan Hall

General Info

The Wells College Theatre and Dance Department is proud to announce this year’s Fall Faculty Production, George Brant’s “Elephant’s Graveyard.” “Elephant’s Graveyard” will play in Phipps Auditorium of Wells’ Macmillan Hall on Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27. The house opens at 7:00 p.m., and the show starts at 7:30 p.m.

Based on true events that took place in September of 1916, “Elephant’s Graveyard” weaves a colorful tale about an elephant held responsible for the death of an animal trainer in the small town of Erwin, Tenn. Against an Americana backdrop, the circus members, townspeople and railway workers share through their eyes this account of crushed hope and brutality.

Director and Associate Professor of Theatre Siouxsie Easter notes, “This is a beautiful and challenging ensemble piece. Each character has a different version of the same story. The revealing of detail takes the audience on a fascinating and heartbreaking journey from a hopeful beginning to the final poignant ending.” Featuring the performances of Wells students, the production will transport the audience to a time when towns were springing up across the Midwest—when the streets were muddy and unpaved, and the only entertainment was brought by traveling shows using the railroad.

“Circus [was] a clashing of worlds – the very real and mundane versus death-defying excitement,” scenic designer Joe Deforest comments. “Individual citizens and towns have always yearned, thrilled, and awaited this encounter with the unknown. For a moment, [the circus] opens the window of their world to the fantastical possibilities of the unknown. This is the mood, the mien I hope to create in ‘Elephant’s Graveyard.’”

Please note that this performance contains mild profanity, gunshots and disturbing themes. It is not recommended for young children. Admission is $5 for senior citizens and community members, $7 for the general public, and free for Wells College students, faculty and staff. For more information, please contact the Wells College Box Office at 315.364.3456.

The above photo is (back row) Luke Cornwell '16, Huda Rehman '14, Gloria Franco '16, (front row) Jessica Bland '13, and Giavarna Faison '14, who play the townspeople in "Elephant's Graveyard."