Stonehill Theatre Company Presents "An Enemy of the People"
November 04, 2010
The Stonehill Theatre Company will present Henrik Ibsen's classic play An Enemy of the People November 18, 19, and 20th at 8 p.m. in Hemingway Theatre.
Thomas Kee will guest direct as his adaptation relocates the story to a fictional town in modern day Massachusetts. Exploring questions relevant to audiences of today, the play focuses on the corrupting influence of populism on politicians and individuals.
After uncovering an environmental hazard that jeopardizes the town's prosperity, Dr. Stockmann reveals her discovery only to find she has incurred the wrath of a local populous frightened over the fate of their jobs.
Facing political pressure from her brother the Mayor, financial stresses at home, and personal demands from all sides, she must decide whether to take a stand or give the people what they want: a cover-up.
Tickets for the play are $5 for students and seniors, and $8 for general admission. Ticket reservations can be made between November 9th and November 20th by calling the STC box office at (508) 565-1458. Theatre guests who visit the Stoneforge Grill near campus on performance nights will receive 10% off their meal when they show their ticket stub.
An Enemy of the People was written in 1882 by Ibsen, a Norwegian playwright known as "the father" of modern drama. He wrote the play in response to the public outcry against his play Ghosts, which challenged the hypocrisy of Victorian morality and was deemed indecent for its veiled references to syphilis. An Enemy of the People was originally set in a coastal Norwegian town.
The play was adapted throughout the 1900s, including Arthur Miller's 1950s production that opened at the Broadhurst Theater in New York City. Miller's adaptation was also presented on National Educational Television in 1966.
An Enemy of the People was also made into a movie of the same name in 1978, starring Steve McQueen.
About Guest Director Thomas Kee
Kee is an actor at the Wellfleet Harbor Actor's Theatre. He is also a visting lecturer at Bridgewater State College and an adjunct professor/online instructor at SUNY Oswego.
In September, Kee directed a production of Harold Pinter's Old Times for the Bridgewater Guest Artist Series. He appeared in Born Yesterday at Wellfleet Harbor Actor's Theatre over the summer of 2010.
His play Inside My Hidden Room just received an equity staged reading at The Vineyard Playhouse in June.
Last year he appeared in the A.R.T./Punchdrunk UK production Sleep No More and completed filming The Company Men with Ben Affleck, Kevin Costner and Tommy Lee Jones. The film will be released December 10.
For more information, contact Communications and Media Relations at 508-565-1321.