When: Sundays, 2 p.m. and Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through March 6 2016
George Brant's drama Elephant's Graveyard is based on a true story. In 1916 a traveling circus visited Kingsport, Tennessee, with its big draw — Mary, an Asian elephant billed as bigger than Jumbo. Unfortunately, Mary killed her handler in a very public place, and the people of Kingsport demanded justice. In order to get it, Mary was transported to nearby Erwin, which had the necessary heavy equipment to execute an elephant. Brant tells this story through the shared memories of the circus folk and the citizens of both towns, who all remember the incident slightly differently. It's an object lesson in the uncertainty of eyewitnesses and America's love for spectacle — especially when it's grisly. The Washington University Performing Arts Department presents Elephant's Graveyard at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday (February 26 to March 6) at Washington University's Edison Theatre (6465 Forsyth Boulevard; 314-935-6543 or www.edison.wustl.edu). Tickets are $10 to $15.