An Enemy of the People

by Henrik Ibsen
a new adaptation by Brad Birch
directed by Lyndsey Turner
McGuire Proscenium Stage

Overview

A psychological thriller

An Enemy of the People follows Tom Stockmann, a geologist who discovers dangerous water pollution in the Springs, a highly anticipated resort that recently opened in his Norwegian town. In Tom’s mind, the path to a solution is clear: inform the public and close the resort to prevent a crisis. But gradually, he comes under fire – from his brother (the town’s mayor), to the press, to his neighbors and his own family – for wanting to publicize a problem that threatens to destroy the town’s economy and reputation. With ripped-from-the-headlines relevance, this high-intensity drama is a powerful investigation of ambition, integrity and the price we pay for truth.

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Review

“Brad Birch’s new adaptation breaks the work open in new and provocative ways … a true tale for our times”

Read the full Pioneer Press review. 

Feature

Why is a play written 136 years ago currently popping up at theaters across the country?

Learn more in this New York Times article.

Video

Watch the trailer

This psychological thriller is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat!

Photos

Sarah Agnew (Kate Stockmann) and Billy Carter (Tom Stockmann) in the Guthrie Theater’s production of An Enemy of the People. Photo by Dan Norman.

Billy Carter (Tom Stockmann) and Christian Bardin (Petra Stockmann) in the Guthrie Theater’s production of An Enemy of the People. Photo by Dan Norman.

Mo Perry (Hovstad), Sarah Agnew (Kate Stockmann) and Ricardo Chavira (Peter Stockmann) in the Guthrie Theater’s production of An Enemy of the People. Photo by Dan Norman.

Ricardo Chavira (Peter Stockmann) and Billy Carter (Tom Stockmann) in the Guthrie Theater’s production of An Enemy of the People. Photo by Dan Norman.

Sarah Agnew (Kate Stockmann) and Billy Carter (Tom Stockmann) in the Guthrie Theater’s production of An Enemy of the People. Photo by Dan Norman.

Ricardo Chavira (Peter Stockmann) and and J.C. Cutler (Aslaksen) in the Guthrie Theater’s production of An Enemy of the People. Photo by Dan Norman.

Billy Carter (Tom Stockmann) in the Guthrie Theater’s production of An Enemy of the People. Photo by Dan Norman.

Billy Carter (Tom Stockmann) and Ricardo Chavira (Peter Stockmann) in the Guthrie Theater’s production of An Enemy of the People. Photo by Dan Norman.

Artists

Artists

Sarah Agnew

Kate Stockmann

Christian Bardin

Petra Stockmann

Billy Carter

Tom Stockmann

Ricardo Chavira

Peter Stockmann

J. C. Cutler

Aslaksen

Zachary Fine

Morten Kiil

Zarif Kabier

Billing

Mo Perry

Hovstad

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Creative

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Henrik Ibsen

Playwright

Brad Birch

Adapter

Lyndsey Turner

Director

Merle Hensel

Scenic Designer

Brenda Abbandandolo

Costume Designer

Jane Cox

Lighting Designer

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Daniel Baker

Sound Designer

Broken Chord

Original Music & Sound Design

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Aaron Meicht

Composer

Carla Steen

Dramaturg

Jill Walmsley Zager

Vocal Coach

Tree O'Halloran

Stage Manager

Jason Clusman

Assistant Stage Manager

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