An Enemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen. A new version by Rebecca Lenkiewicz
When Dr. Thomas Stockmann discovers that the much-heralded local baths may cause serious health problems for the tourists and townspeople who use them, he assumes that his news will be met with thanks by his neighbors. Instead, his brother Peter and eventually the local media and citizens, try to convince him that the economic needs of the town are more important than the potential threat of germs that only science is aware of. Dr. Stockmann becomes “An Enemy of the People.” Although Ibsen wrote the play 125 years ago, An Enemy of the People is still shockingly relevant today. For those familiar with the water issues in Flint, Michigan, the Dakota Access Pipeline protests, and water access problems in the west, An Enemy of the People will seem as current as this morning’s news. Presented by the College of Charleston School of the Arts February 22-26 at the Simons Center for the Arts. Tickets $12-$20.