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Help kick off the run of THE ELEPHANT MAN by raising a glass with us at the Ybor City Society Wine Bar before the opening night performance. Open bar, light bites, and mix & mingle with the creatives who make the magic.
6pm February 3rd. 4-block walk to theatre.

Straight White Men

“Pomerance’s work… brims with intelligence and ideas about human nature and the arbitrariness of life.” – The New York Daily News

“A spectacular delivery system for bravura performances.” – Vulture

“Pomerance’s tale showcases the triumph of a very human spirit, personified by the sensitive, almost saintly Merrick.” – Associated Press

“Elegant… [a] carefully arranged, instructive drama.” – The New York Times

The Elephant Man
by Bernard Pomerance

directed by Emilia Sargent

featuring Paul Potenza, Christopher Marshall, and Georgia Mallory Guy

Season Sponsor: The Gobioff Foundation
Production Sponsors: Preschool Experience, Inc.
Hillsborough County Arts Council
Ticketing Sponsor: Russell Buchan
Additional Sponsors: Design One Jewelers

Performed at:

Hillsborough Community College
Performing Arts Center – Studio Theatre
1411 E. 11th Ave., Tampa, FL 33605

February 2-19, 2023

PARENTAL ADVISORY: The show contains partial nudity

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 – the victim of rare skin and bone diseases – he becomes the star freak attraction in traveling sideshows. 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.


Winner! 1979 Tony Award for Best Play
Winner! 2015 Drama Desk Award for Best Revival of a Play
Nominee: Four 2015 Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Play
Nominee: 2015 Drama League Award for Best Revival of a Play
Nominee: Five 2015 Outer Critics Circle Awards, including Best Revival of a Play

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Hillsborough Community College
Performing Arts Center – Studio Theatre
1411 E. 11th Ave., Tampa, FL 33605

Dates & Times:

February 2-19, 2023
Thur / Fri / Sat evenings – 7:30pm
Sun matinees – 3:00pm

Seating begins 15 minutes prior to showtime.
Approximate running time is 110 minutes
with one intermission.

Health & Safety:

TampaRep will follow all local and CDC-suggested COVID safety guidelines at the time of the performances.

parking & transportation:

There are many parking options around the venue. MORE INFORMATION is available here.


What to EXPECT:

Seating will be general admission – first-come, first seated. 

HCC Performing Arts Ybor City

The Elephant Man – IN THE NEWS

Previews: THE ELEPHANT MAN at TampaRep

Deborah Bostock-Kelley, BroadwayWorld, 1/27/2023

“Opening on February 2-19 at HCC Ybor is TampaRep’s production of The Elephant Man. Based on a true story and directed by Emilia Sargent, the play features Paul Potenza in the iconic role of Joseph Merrick, a man disfigured by a rare skin and bone disease in late 19th-century London.


The Elephant Man show poster
The Elephant Man show poster

with the cast of THE ELEPHANT MAN

JoEllen Schilke, WMNF, 1/27/2023