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Oceanside Theatre Company and Backyard Renaissance Theatre Company Present ‘The Elephant Man’

Oceanside CA— The Oceanside Theatre Company, operating The Brooks Theatre and Studio 219, presents a live stage play ‘The Elephant Man’ co-produced with Backyard Renaissance Theatre Company. The show takes place on Fridays & Saturdays 7:30 pm and Sundays 2:00 pm from April 8 to 24 at The Brooks Theatre, 217 North Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA, 92054. The play is co-directed by Christopher Williams, artistic director of Oceanside Theatre Company, and Francis Gercke, artistic director of Backyard Renaissance Theatre Company. elephant_man

Starring in the play and portraying the main character John Merrick is Francis Gercke himself. A graduate of The Actors Studio Drama School at the New School for Social Research, Fran Gercke is an award winning actor and director, as well as an instructor in San Diego at the college level and privately for the past 15 years, he teaches at Palomar College in San Marcos.

In 2001, Gercke co-founded New Village Arts Theatre in Carlsbad and served as the artistic director until 2008. From July 2008 through August 2010, he worked with Cygnet Theatre as the associate artistic director. He is a member of Actor’s Equity Association and has worked professionally in San Diego with such companies as the San Diego Repertory Theatre, Cygnet Theatre, Lambs Players Theatre, North Coast Repertory Theatre, ion theatre, Moonlight Stage Productions, New Village Arts Theatre, and Sledgehammer Theatre. In 2015, he founded Backyard Renaissance Theatre Company, a 501C3 organization.

Written by Bernard Pomerance, The Elephant Man is winner of 1979 Tony Award for Best Play. It 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.

Special Opening Day Reception

The Rotary Club of San Luis Rey and The Moonlight Angels are hosting a special opening night production of ‘The Elephant Man’. Enjoy an exciting evening on April 8, 2016 with a reception at 6:30 and the opening performance at 7:30.

Proceeds from the evening will go to benefit The Rotary Club of San Luis Rey and The Moonlight Angels Cultural Foundation.

Tickets are on sale now, $30.00 per person. For more information on the special opening night reception contact; Dottie Pechek, 760-207-9847 or Anne Speraw 760-439-1543 or 760-415-0789

More Show Times:

Sat Apr 9, 2016 – 7:30PM
Sun Apr 10, 2016 – 2:00PM
Fri Apr 15, 2016 – 7:30PM
Sat Apr 16, 2016 – 7:30PM
Sun Apr 17, 2016 – 2:00PM
Fri Apr 22, 2016 – 7:30PM
Sat Apr 23, 2016 – 7:30PM
Sun Apr 24, 2016 – 2:00PM

Tickets are on sale at www.oceansidetheatre.org. Admission is $21 general, $17 seniors (55+), $14 students and military. Reservations are strongly recommended. Oceanside Theatre Company operating The Brooks Theatre and Studio 219 is a 501c3 non-profit organization. Interested guests may look up Oceanside Theatre Company on Facebook to “like” it for additional info and for other events at the venue or call 760-433-8900.

Oceanside Theatre Company’s mission is to create professional quality theatre for a vibrant and diverse population. OTC will strive to reach a wide audience base and encourage and improve artistic growth in the community by producing a broad repertoire of theatre, giving local theatre artists creative opportunities and offering educational theatre and outreach programs.

Oceanside Theatre Company Youth Academy’s Classes are offered to students from 4 to 18 years old at The Brooks Theatre.