A small 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.”
Check out this interview with Tom Strekal, Enemy cast member & retired aquatic biologist, on why waterways matter.
ALSO- Join us for a very special event:
Water and the High Desert: A Roundtable on Water Issues in the Truckee Meadows
When: Wednesday, September 21st @ 6pm
Where: RLT Rehearsal Hall (the brown building behind our theater)
The Reno Little Theatre has organized a roundtable discussion focused on water in the Truckee Meadows area, in association with RLT’s production of Henrik Ibsen’s classic Enemy of the People. The play’s story centers around water: its purity, its use, and its implications for the life of a small town. The purpose of the roundtable discussion is to educate audiences on how the issues raised in the play affect them, members of the Truckee Meadows community and residents within the Truckee River Watershed. To assist in this purpose, community experts in a wide variety of water-related fields will discuss the challenges, struggles, and opportunities facing the Truckee Meadows area in its storing, moving, apportioning, using, and conserving of local water supply. At the conclusion of the roundtable, a Q&A session will encourage audience engagement with these experts, opening further avenues of communication between community members.
Space is extremely limited! RSVP HERE
Mark Maher as Dr. Thomas Stockmann
Deanna Podstawa as Mrs. Stockmann
Katie Hughes as Petra
Chase Dulude as Eljif
Harry Norris as Morten Stockmann
Kirk Gardner as Peter Stockmann
Tom Strekal as Morten Kiil
Kevin McCray as Hovstad
Jared Lively as Billing
Bob Ives as Captain Horster
Mark Calise as Aslasken
An Enemy of the People is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.