Edison's Elephant Plays Metropolitan Playhouse Beginning Jan. 16

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16 Jan 2014

John Thomas Waite
John Thomas Waite

Chris Van Strander and David Koteles' Edison's Elephant plays The Metropolitan Playhouse Jan. 16-25.

Presented by The Metropolitan Playhouse and Joe Trentacosta, the limited engagement is part of the Metropolitan Playhouse Gilded Age Festival.

David Elliott directs a cast that includes Lynn Berg, Kevin Orton, Alyssa Simon, CJ Trentacosta, Wendy Merritt, John Thomas Waite and Rik Walter with Sean Gough on piano.

"In 1903, on Brooklyn’s Coney Island, Thomas Edison electrocuted an elephant," according to press notes. "Moreover, he filmed it, for all to witness. Based on historic accounts, Edison’s Elephant explores the life and death of Topsy, the circus elephant who, after much abuse, retaliated against those who harmed her, and who was ultimately executed for her actions—then made the subject of Edison’s film 'Electrocuting the Elephant.'"

Tickets are $15-$18 and can be purchase by visiting metropolitanplayhouse.org

The Metropolitan Playhouse is located at 220 East Fourth Street.