There are some lost stories in American history that need to be found because they resonate down through the ages. They resonate in such large American and universal themes as man’s cruelty to animals, man’s capacity for religious intolerance, and the pervasiveness of age-old racial attitudes from the lesser angels of our nature. “MAN’S DOMINION”, a history in 10 characters done as a one-person show examines one such ‘lost’ event in American history. In September 1916 the good people of Erwin, Tennessee lynched an elephant. Mary, an 18-year old elephant and star circus attraction who had only known life in captivity had thrown, stomped and killed her trainer, Red Eldridge, on his second day of work. For this, Mary was sentenced to death and the giant railroad cranes in the Blue Ridge mountain rail hub of Erwin were to be the engines of her demise. “MAN’S DOMINION”, a solo show done in 10 Characters, provides voice to ten (10) witnesses and participants to that event. It is our sincere hope that seeing, hearing and experiencing “MAN’S DOMINION” will give food and fuel to the better angels of our nature. The one-hundredth anniversary in September 2016 of Mary’s violent and very public demise is rapidly approaching. Articles will be written, local television and radio will report and more people throughout the South in general and the Southeast in particular will be exposed to the story and the legend. Rather than treat this centennial with any sense of celebration we feel the timeliness of the events discussed and dramatized in "Man’s Dominion" takes on an even greater sense of import and meaning. A week doesn’t go by when we don’t hear of elephants slaughtered in the wild for their tusks or customs officials confiscating illegal shipments of this “blood ivory”. As we well know, religious intolerance is not limited to any hemisphere or population. The same can be said for racism, which practiced on a global scale, continues to hinder every society’s progress and enlightenment. All this, and the fact that having seen “MAN’S DOMINION” during its sold-out run in Los Angeles patrons have left the theater with new thoughts and new feelings as their reviews and post-show Q&A’s have made clear. Audiences have been changed. Theater has always done the hard work of exposing the culture to its flaws and providing hope for positive change. We feel that Man’s Dominion carries on in that noble tradition and is more timely than ever.
 
David Castro, 
Tim Powell,
Dennis Neal