Texas Tech University

School of Theatre & Dance Presents ‘Elephant’s Graveyard’

Cory Norman

November 20, 2018

The drama is based on a true story of the only known lynching of an elephant.

The Texas Tech University School of Theatre & Dance, housed within the J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts, presents “Elephant's Graveyard” Nov. 29–Dec. 2 at the Texas Tech Equestrian Center, located at 5712 CR 1500. Curtain times for the production are 7:30 p.m. Thursday–Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Elephant's graveyard
Elephant's Graveyard

“Elephant's Graveyard” is the true tale of a struggling circus in a tiny town in Tennessee, which resulted in the only known lynching of an elephant. Set in September 1916, the play combines historical fact and legend, exploring the deep-seated American craving for spectacle, violence and revenge.

Eight years after its first production, director Linda Donahue, associate professor of arts administration, said the American drama is more relevant now.

“The play is based on a true story,” Donahue said. “It shows the excitement of a circus coming to town and reveals a contemporary portrayal of our country's struggle with greed, discord and division.”

Tickets for “Elephant's Graveyard” are $15 for individuals and $5 for students with a valid student ID.  A limited number of free student rush tickets are available for Texas Tech students. Purchase tickets here. More information is available at (806) 742-3603 or here.