The Department of Theatre & Dance (THAD) at Winona State University (WSU) will present “Elephant’s Graveyard” by George Brant at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, through Saturday, Oct. 17, in the Vivian Fusillo Theatre at the Performing Arts Center.

Based on real events, “Elephant’s Graveyard” recounts the collision between a struggling traveling circus and a small rural town sparked by the actions of an elephant. Set in 1916 in Erwin, Tenn., this award-winning play explores society’s humanness and abuse towards animals and the consequences of both.

During performances, THAD will accept donations for The Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald, Tenn. This sanctuary operates on 2,700 acres and provides a safe haven for old, sick or needy elephants. Donated funds will go to adopting Flora, a 33-year-old retired circus elephant who lives in the sanctuary.

“Elephant’s Graveyard” is co-directed by Jim Williams and Heather Williams-Williams. THAD student Brett Burger is the production’s dramaturge in fulfillment of his senior capstone project.

This production contains mature content and language.

Tickets are $12 for the public and $6 for students with an I.D. Tickets are available at www.WSUArtsTickets.com or by calling the Box Office at 507-457-5235.

For more information go to: winona.edu/thad

THAD is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST).

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