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An Enemy of the People (adapted by Arthur Miller)

An Enemy of the People (adapted by Arthur Miller)
Your Price: $11.95 CDN
Author: Arthur Miller, adapted from Henrik Ibsen's play
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 80
Pub. Date: 1950
ISBN-10: 082220360X
ISBN-13: 9780822203605

About the Play:

An Enemy of the People is a full-length drama adapted by Arthur Miller, from Henrik Ibsen's classic play. A thought-provoking drama that follows Dr. Thomas Stockmann as he makes a troubling discovery about his town’s poisonous dealings. With lives and integrity on the line, Stockmann enters a war of words with his estranged mayor-brother, that threatens to tear not only their family, but their community apart.

A small Norwegian town has just begun to win fame and wealth through its medicinal spring waters. Dr. Stockmann, resident physician in charge, discovers that the waters are poisoned. On receiving proof of this, he immediately reports to his associates, but is shocked to find that instead of being thanked, he is looked upon as a dangerous crank, motivated by a desire to prove that his fellow townsmen are wrong, and to bring ruin upon them. As the people who run the local paper do their utmost to urge secrecy and compromise, the determined doctor realizes that the honesty and idealism he has counted upon to make the truth prevail, simply does not exist in the face of selfish "practical" interests. The press will not report his findings; the officials refuse to give him a hearing; he loses his position and the townspeople boycott him; and every weapon of blackmail, slander, and eviction are brought against his family. At the end, the townspeople, gathered around the doctor's home, throw stones through the windows. Stockmann addresses his family: "But remember now, everybody, you are fighting for the truth and that is why you're alone. And that makes you strong."

This Arthur Miller adaptation of the Henrik Ibsen classic was produced in New York and with great success by the Repertory Theatre of Lincoln Center.

Cast: 3 women, 10 men

What people say:

"It flames out of a fiery spirit…Mr. Miller's adaptation…is compact, idiomatic, and eminently actable, and it also preserves Ibsen's moral point of view." — The New York Times

About the Playwright:

Henrik Ibsen (1828 – 1906) is one of the most-performed dramatists in the world. He is revered in Norway as its most famous author and a national symbol, even though he spent much of his life abroad in Italy and Germany. He was largely responsible for the rise of realism in the theatre. In works that possess revelatory power Ibsen challenged his audiences to question conventional morality and social conditions. Often controversial, his works were deeply unsettling to many of his Victorian contemporaries. He is now widely regarded as the "father of modern drama" and one of the greatest dramatists who ever lived.

Arthur Miller (1915-2005) was born in New York City and studied at the University of Michigan. With a career that spanned over 50 years, he wrote more than thirty plays that transformed American Theatre and proved to be both the conscience and redemption of the times. His probing dramas won him the Pulitzer Prize, three Tony Awards, two Drama Critics Circle Awards, and an Obie.