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The Elephant Song

The Elephant Song

By Nicolas Billon
Subjects: Ontario Playwrights, Mental Health, Community Theatre Picks
Casting: 1 f, 2 m
Imprint: Playwrights Canada Press
Paperback : 9780887548468, 72 pages, April 2006
Ebook (PDF) : 9780369102669, April 2006
Ebook (EPUB) : 9780369102676, April 2006


An eminent psychiatrist has vanished from his office. The last person to have seen him is Michael, a troubled patient.

Dr. Greenberg, the hospital director, is determined to question Michael, ignoring the head nurse's cryptic warnings. Michael speaks of elephants and opera—with the occasional hint of murder and foul play. Fraught with mind games and verbal tugs-of-war, The Elephant Song is a cat-and-mouse game that will keep you guessing until its haunting conclusion.


"The Elephant Song is a dark, savagely funny three-hander about a mental patient, a psychiatrist and a nurse. Crisply written, it has echoes of Edward Albee's The Zoo Story, or perhaps something by Harold Pinter. "

- Michael Posner, The Globe and Mail