Theatre Fairfield opens season with Ibsen’s “An Enemy of the People”

Theatre Fairfield opened its 2012-13 season with Henrik Ibsen’s thought-provoking political drama An Enemy of the People, tying it to the University-wide focus on cities. Some performances of the play ended with audience “talkbacks” and the resident production company also hosted a public panel discussion on activism and politics at the downtown Fairfield University Bookstore.

The play explores what happens when a doctor discovers the town’s water supply is polluted. He believes his findings will make him a local hero, but instead local businessmen, politicians and even his family turn against him, favoring a lucrative tourism venture.

“What happens when the truth is in direct conflict with the will of the people?” Guest Director Tom Schwans asked. “That’s really what this play is about. And this piece has what all great drama needs — it has humor, it has comedy, it’s personal, and it’s passionate.”

The cast featured actors from all class years, led by Ryan Chamlin ’16 as Dr. Stockmann.

The Theatre Fairfield season concludes in April with a string of performances of The Arabian Nights from Wednesday, April 24 through Sunday, April 28.

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