Here are some fun First State events to check out this weekend.
1. Years ago Michael Jackson bought the bones of a disfigured man with a horrifying rare disease.
This weekend, audiences will have the chance to learn more about the person behind the bones in the Resident Ensemble Players' drama, “Elephant Man.”
This moving tale spotlights John Merrick, better known as the Elephant Man. Merrick is a passionate, artistic soul trapped in a body that was hideously unattractive. Named the “Elephant Man” in a touring freak show, he's rescued by a renowned surgeon and becomes the unlikely toast of London society.
A poignant look at disability, intolerance and the gift of kindness, this Tony Award-winning play retains its power to shake spectators to their core.
“Elephant Man” will run at the Thompson Theatre, Roselle Center for the Arts in the University of Delaware, 79 Amstel Ave., in Newark at 7:30 p.m., Thursday and Friday; 2 and 7:30 p.m., Saturday; and 2 p.m., Sunday. COST $15 student; $28 senior; $30 general admission. INFO rep.udel.edu or 831-2204.
2. Sometimes greatness comes in threes.
There were the Three Musketeers. The Dallas Cowboys once had The Triplets (Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin). Today there's the string ensemble Trio Virado.
The three-piece group is comprised of Amy Porter, Juan-Miguel Hernandez and Joao Luiz, artists who are widely sought after for their musical performances on recordings and the concert stage.
Joining together, they bring a love of music that radiates electricity. Standing too close may result in a static shock.
This blend of artists performs music composed especially for them by some of the world’s leading composers.
Trio Virado will let their instruments do all the talking at Bethel United Methodist Church, 129 W. Fourth St., Lewes at 7 p.m., Saturday. COST $30. INFO coastalconcerts.org or 645-9426.
3. Darkness has fallen across the land. Evil has taken the unsuspecting kingdom by surprise. A tale of good versus evil will unfold in “Rhythm in the Night, The Irish Dance Spectacular.”
This family-friendly program reimagines traditional Irish dance and takes patrons on an exciting journey by a fallen hero and his rise to redemption.
The world-renowned Irish dance troupe performs lightning-fast rhythms and graceful jigs to an epic orchestral soundtrack, while state-of-the-art lighting ignites the stage into an explosive display of dance and music.
You can kick your weekend up a notch with “Rhythm in the Night” at the Schwartz Center for the Arts, 226 S. State St., Dover at 7 p.m., Saturday. COST $15 to $35. MORE INFO schwartzcenter.com or 678-5152.