An Enemy of the People

This play addresses the irrational tendencies of the masses, and the hypocritical and corrupt nature of the political system that they support. It is the story of one brave man’s struggle to do the right thing and speak the truth in the face of extreme social intolerance.

Play title:  An Enemy of the People

Author (s):  Henrik Ibsen (translated by Rolf Fjelde)

Publisher: The Penguin Group

Publication Date: 1965

Genre: Drama

Primary Discipline: Environmental

Scientist (s): Fictional

Source Texts: Unknown

Character Breakdown: 9 Men, 2 Women, Ensemble

Dr. Thomas Stockmann, Mrs. Stockmann, Petra, Eilif, Morten, Peter Stockmann, Morten Kill, Hovstad, Billing, Captain Horster, Aslaksen, Participants in a public meeting

Setting: A coastal town in southern Norway

Time Period: 19th Century

Synopsis of Play: This play addresses the irrational tendencies of the masses, and the hypocritical and corrupt nature of the political system that they support. It is the story of one brave man’s struggle to do the right thing and speak the truth in the face of extreme social intolerance. The play’s protagonist, Dr Stockmann, represents the playwright’s own voice. (play text cover blurb, Samuel French)

First Performance Date: January 13th, 1883

First Producer: Christiania 

Performance History: An Enemy of the People was first performed in Christiania on January 13th,  1883. The London premiere was on June 14th, 1893 at the Haymarket, with Herbert Beerbohm Tree as Stockmann, in a production that later went on tour to America. An Enemy of the People was staged by the Moscow Art Theatre in 1900, and was the first Ibsen play to be staged by the Comédie Française — but not until 1921. Outside London, the play is frequently staged — notably at the Chichester Festival Theatre in 1975, with Donald Sinden as Dr Stockmann. http://www.mckellen.com/stage/enemyla/production.htm

Links:

http://www.houstonpress.com/arts/review-an-enemy-of-the-people-10203289

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2016/may/08/enemy-of-the-people-bonneville-chichester-theatre-review

https://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/28/theater/reviews/an-enemy-of-the-people-at-samuel-j-friedman-theater.html?mtrref=www.google.com&gwh=E378389601DC5D961D56F4FB99F26DA6&gwt=pay

Entered by: Meaghan Yesford

Photo/Visual Research with citations

                                             

  Christiania, January 13th, 1883                                        Manhattan Theatre Club, September 2012

BAM Harvey Theater, November 2013

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