Why See An Enemy of the People?
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Branden Jacobs-Jenkins makes his Broadway debut this coming season, with a brand-new translation and treatment of Henrik Ibsen's political and moral drama An Enemy of the People, that remains relevant and newsworthy to this day. This new production will be helmed by Thomas Ostermeier, following its premiere in Berlin in 2013. Jacobs-Jenkins's star is on the rise, following this work Everybody and his 2015 play Gloria, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
When Dr. Thomas Stockmann discovers toxic contamination in the water used at the local baths, he expects to be hailed as a hero. But since the baths are the town's main source of revenue, the community fights to silence him? and Dr. Stockmann learns that there are forces more powerful than truth. An incisive tale about the high price of free expression.
Real-life parallels in this gripping political drama
The pillar of a small Norwegian community discovers that the local spa is polluted. After publishing the information, he finds that his neighbors are furious with him for tarnishing the town's main source of income. Should he retract his statement and save his skin? Or hold to the truth and save his professional integrity? The play saw a revival at Broadway's Samuel J.Friedman Theatre in 2012 to rave reviews, starring Boyd Gaines and Richard Thomas. The timely nature of this drama coupled with the ongoing crisis with poisoned water in Flint, Michigan makes the urgency of the story all the more real.
Performance date: 2 November 2017
Suitable for ages 13+
And before you stop reading
Image taken from the 2013 Ostermeier and Borchmeyer production in Berlin
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