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An Enemy of the People

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April 28 - June 3, 2018

An Enemy of the People is the second play announced for the next Broadway season that seems prompted by the Trump presidency...

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Why See An Enemy of the People?

an exciting new adaptation of Ibsen's political thriller

Following a spate of new revivals of Henrik Ibsen's political thriller, Kia Corthron's brand-new adaptation of "An Enemy..." heads to the Guthrie stage in 2018, to be directed by Lyndsey Turner. In a story that remains relevant and newsworthy to this day, Dr. Stockmann, 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 name, and threatening their main source of income. Stockmann learns the hard way that there are forces more powerful than truth. An incisive tale about the high price of free expression.

The price of honesty

Dr. Stockmann learns that there are forces more powerful than truth. 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.

British director Lyndsey Turner won the 2014 Olivier Award for her direction of Off-West End play Chimerica, and now heads to the Guthrie to head up this new production.

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Opening night: 28 April 2018


Suitable for ages 13+

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Credit Sara Krulwich/The New York Times 2012

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Based on the play by Henrik Ibsen
By Kia Corthron
Directed by Lyndsey Turner

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