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Pictured: Philip Earl Johnson
Goodman Theatre has announced the cast and design team for Henrik Ibsen’s AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE, adapted by Artistic Director Robert Falls based on a translation by Eleanor Marx-Aveling
Directed by Falls, the production features Philip Earl Johnson as Thomas Stockmann, Scott Jaeck as Peter Stockmann, Lanise Antoine Shelley as Katherine, and Rebecca Hurd as Thomas’ daughter, Petra. Rounding out the cast are Jesse Bhamrah (Billing), David Darlow (Morten Kiil), Allen Gilmore (Aslaksen), Aubrey Deeker Hernandez (Hovstad), Larry Neumann, Jr. (The Drunk) and Carley Cornelius, Arya Daire, Guy Massey, Roderick Peeples and Dustin Whitehead as townspeople.
The design team includes Todd Rosenthal (set), Ana Kuzmanic (costumes), Robert Wierzel (lights), Richard Woodbury (sound and original music). Alden Vasquez is the production stage manager.
From the press release: “When a water contamination crisis puts their community in peril, two brothers—Dr. Stockmann (Johnson) and Mayor Stockmann (Jaeck)—face off in a battle of political ambitions and moral integrity. Triggered by the criticism and controversy of his earlier plays—A Doll’s House (1879) and Ghosts (1882)—Ibsen authored An Enemy of the People as a partial response to his critics. He felt angry that his discussion of what he considered important was being scrutinized and determined to examine the underbellies of marriage, sex and middle-class society.”
“Any theater artist will inevitably confront the genius of 19th-century Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen and I’m thrilled to take on this challenge with an incredible ensemble of actors and designers,” said Falls. “I was compelled to adapt and direct An Enemy of the People both by our country’s political tumult and by the play’s complex treatment of myriad topics—from how we view our fellow humans, to public good versus individual rights, to the pitfalls of democracy. Though the play was written nearly 150 years ago, I find its themes remarkably fresh and the questions it raises just as perplexing as they must have been to 19th century audiences.”
AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE appears in the Goodman’s Albert Theatre March 10 – April 15. For more information visit goodmantheatre.org.