Animal’s Ironic Mirror of Human History

For a play about a small town, a circus, and an elephant, Elephant’s Graveyard is not light-hearted. Rachael MacAskill, who played Ballet Girl, said they “only had one show where the audience didn’t cry.” Even if you don’t think you’ll get upset over the lynching of a circus elephant, the heavy second half of the show and the chilling narrative evokes primal reactions in even the most hardhearted of viewers. Revulsion, pity, and even horror take center stage as a cast of townspeople and circus members describe the events that culminate in the lynching, using a giant crane, of the female elephant, Mary.

Mary does not come onstage in any form throughout the play, despite being the central character…

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Animal’s Ironic Mirror of Human History

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