An Enemy of the People
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4th Street Theater presents An Enemy of the People, a play written by Henrik Ibsen in 1882 and adapted for the American stage by Arthur Miller.
Taken from a preface by Arthur Miller, who might well have been warming up for his next play, The Crucible, in which John Proctor goes to his death rather than give his name to a lie, An Enemy of the People is the story of a small Norwegian town which has just begun to win fame and wealth through its medicinal spring waters. Dr. Thomas Stockmann is called to the position of medical adviser to the management of the Baths, the main resource of his native town.
A sincere man of high ideals, Dr. Stockmann returns home after an absence of many years, full of the spirit of enterprise and progressive innovation. For as he says to his brother Peter, the town Burgomaster, I am so glad and content. I feel so unspeakably happy in the midst of all this growing, germinating life. After all, what a glorious time we do live in. It is as if a new world were springing up around us.
In this spirit Dr. Stockmann sets to his task. After two years of careful investigation, he finds that the Baths are built on a swamp, full of poisonous germs, and that people who come there for their health will be infected with fever.
Thomas Stockmann is a conscientious physician. He loves his native town, but he loves his fellow-men more. He considers it his duty to communicate his discovery to the highest authority of the town, the Burgomaster, his brother Peter Stockmann. He is shocked to find that instead of being thanked, he is looked upon as a dangerous crank.
Even the press will not report his findings.
The officials refuse to give him a hearing; he loses his position and the townspeople boycott him. Every weapon of blackmail, slander and eviction are brought against his family. At the end, Dr. Stockmann has alienated everyone but stays true to his principles, even though he is standing alone.
In a press release announcing the play 4th St. Theater said, Henrik Ibsen, although recognized as a great dramatic artist, remained alone in his stand as a revolutionist. He demanded all or nothing in the struggle for the ideal. His proud defiance, his enthusiastic daring, his utter indifference to consequences, are Henrik Ibsens bugle call. Unfortunately, these moral dilemmas continue in our society, where they are put second to wealth, profit, and political gain. The result of which gives us tragedies like Flint, Michigan.
The play is directed by Steve Rohe of Porter and the cast includes Brian Brophy, Margie Calhoon, Sarah Wermuth and Ione Calvin of Chesterton; Tim Rohe of Porter; Will Frost, Mark McColley, Helen Taft and Jeff Zimmerman of Valparaiso; Aaron Davis of Gary; Doc Kuhn of Schererville; Will Kalinak of Ogden Dunes; Mark Ladd of Wheatfield and Karol Valek of Westville. Kevin Doler is set designer, Stanlee Hodsden is costume designer, Sandy Assarian and Angie Heid are lighting designers. David Pifko is technical director.
Performances are Feb. 26 & 27, March 4, 5 & 6, and March 10, 11, 12 and 13. Sunday shows are at 3 p.m., all others are at 8 p.m. Reservations may be made by calling the box office at 926-7875 or online at Brown Paper Tickets. Admission is $18.
4th Street Theater (View)
125 N. 4th Street
Chesterton, IN 46304
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