Strawberry Theatre Workshop continues its third season of confrontational works at Richard Hugo House with An Enemy of the People, opening January 18 for a limited run. Director Greg Carter takes the innovative turn of casting acclaimed local actor Amy Fleetwood in the lead role of Doctor Stockmann, a part constructed by both of the play’s authors to be performed by a man.
The play owes its vitality to two of the greatest names in world literature. The original author was the Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen (1882), known as the father of the modern drama for masterpieces like A Doll House (1879) and Hedda Gabler (1890). Ibsen was the idol of the American master Arthur Miller, who took on the task of adapting Enemy for the New York stage in 1950, between his two most important original works, Death of a Salesman (1949) and The Crucible (1953).
“I believed this play could be alive for us because its central theme is, in my opinion, the central theme of our social life today,” wrote Arthur Miller. “Simply, it is the question of whether the democratic guarantees protecting political minorities ought to be set aside in a time of crisis.”
Richard Hugo House January 16- February 15, 2014 Thu-Fri-Sat 7:30pm
written by Henrik Ibsen adapted by Arthur Miller directed by Greg Carter
performed by Amy Fleetwood Jeanette Maus Tim Hyland Troy Fischnaller Jack Greenman Alan Lason Kim MacKay TJ Langley Walter Dalton Brandon Whitehead
designed and constructed by Carl Bronsdon Reed Nakayama Jill Beasley Greg Carter Holly Heredia