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An Enemy of the People


An Enemy of the People                                                                                              
By Henrik Ibsen                                                                                                   
Directed by Robert Falls
March 10 – April 15, 2018 in the Albert 

On the heels of his world premiere production of Blind Date, Goodman Theatre Artistic Director Robert Falls is back in the rehearsal room for his new adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People. Nearly 150 years after Ibsen’s masterpiece first thrilled audiences, it “is startling how current the play's ideas feel" (The New York Times) as it examines the complexities of corruption, greed and destruction of the environment and remains “a play so necessary, so exhilarating to experience." (The Village Voice) Falls directs his adaptation, based on a translation by Eleanor Marx-Aveling, with a cast featuring Philip Earl Johnson as Thomas Stockmann, doctor and chief medical officer of the baths; Scott Jaeck as Peter Stockmann, Thomas’ older brother and town mayor; Lanise Antoine Shelley as Katherine, Thomas’ wife; 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. 

ONSTAGE +
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PRESS RELEASES
February 19, 2018 | An Enemy of the People Cast Announced

PHOTOS
High resolution photos are below, please scroll down to view (Production photo credit: Liz Lauren). For more information about the show, including cast head shots and bios, please visit the show page here.

VIDEO
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ADDITIONAL VIDEOS
An Enemy of the People TV Spot
An Enemy of the People Teaser Trailer
An Enemy of the People Interview with Robert Falls

An Enemy of the People

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    An Enemy of the People 01

    Lanise Antoine Shelley (Katherine), Jesse Bhamrah (Billing), Aubrey Deeker Hernandez (Hovstad), and Philip Earl Johnson (Thomas Stockmann) in An Enemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen, adapted and directed by Robert Falls (March 10 – April 15, 2018). GoodmanTheatre.org/Enemy

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    An Enemy of the People 02

    Philip Earl Johnson (Thomas Stockmann) and Scott Jaeck (Peter Stockmann) in An Enemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen, adapted and directed by Robert Falls (March 10 – April 15, 2018). GoodmanTheatre.org/Enemy

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    An Enemy of the People 03

    Cast of An Enemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen, adapted and directed by Robert Falls (March 10 – April 15, 2018). GoodmanTheatre.org/Enemy

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    An Enemy of the People 04

    Lanise Antoine Shelley (Katherine) and Rebecca Hurd (Petra) in An Enemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen, adapted and directed by Robert Falls (March 10 – April 15, 2018). GoodmanTheatre.org/Enemy

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    An Enemy of the People 05

    Lanise Antoine Shelley (Katherine) and Philip Earl Johnson (Thomas Stockmann) in An Enemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen, adapted and directed by Robert Falls (March 10 – April 15, 2018). GoodmanTheatre.org/Enemy

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    An Enemy of the People 06

    Rebecca Hurd (Petra) and Aubrey Deeker Hernandez (Hovstad) in An Enemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen, adapted and directed by Robert Falls (March 10 – April 15, 2018). GoodmanTheatre.org/Enemy

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    An Enemy of the People 07

    Rebecca Hurd (Petra), Jesse Bhamrah (Billing), Philip Earl Johnson (Thomas Stockmann), Lanise Antoine Shelley (Katherine), and Aubrey Deeker Hernandez (Hovstad) in An Enemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen, adapted and directed by Robert Falls (March 10 – April 15, 2018). GoodmanTheatre.org/Enemy

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    An Enemy of the People 08

    Rebecca Hurd (Petra) and Lanise Antoine Shelley (Katherine) in An Enemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen, adapted and directed by Robert Falls (March 10 – April 15, 2018). GoodmanTheatre.org/Enemy

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    Allen Gilmore (Aslaksen) and Philip Earl Johnson (Thomas Stockmann) in rehearsal for An Enemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen, adapted and directed by Robert Falls (March 10 – April 15, 2018). GoodmanTheatre.org/Enemy

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    Lanise Antoine Shelley (Katherine) in rehearsal for An Enemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen, adapted and directed by Robert Falls (March 10 – April 15, 2018). GoodmanTheatre.org/Enemy

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    David Darlow (Morten Kill) and Aubrey Deeker Hernandez (Hovstad) in rehearsal for An Enemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen, adapted and directed by Robert Falls (March 10 – April 15, 2018). GoodmanTheatre.org/Enemy

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    Rebecca Hurd (Petra) in rehearsal for An Enemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen, adapted and directed by Robert Falls (March 10 – April 15, 2018). GoodmanTheatre.org/Enemy

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    Philip Earl Johnson (Thomas Stockmann) and Aubrey Deeker Hernandez (Hovstad) in rehearsal for An Enemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen, adapted and directed by Robert Falls (March 10 – April 15, 2018). GoodmanTheatre.org/Enemy

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    Philip Earl Johnson (Thomas Stockmann) and Robert Falls in rehearsal for An Enemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen, adapted and directed by Robert Falls (March 10 – April 15, 2018). GoodmanTheatre.org/Enemy

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  • Henrik Ibsen, Playwright
    Henrik Ibsen, Playwright

    HENRIK IBSEN (Playwright, 1828 - 1906) Born in Skien, Norway, Ibsen was apprenticed at age 15 to an apothecary, a situ­ation he detested. He wrote poetry to escape his misery and at 20 attended the univer­sity in Christiania (now Oslo). Within a short time his plays were being published and produced at the Christiania Theatre. In 1851, he was appointed to the theater at Bergen, where he served as director, designer and resident playwright. After six years learning his craft in Bergen, Ibsen moved back to Christiania, again working as a theater manager and artistic advisor. Plays from this period, such as The Vikings at Helgeland (1858) and Loves Comedy (1862), demonstrated his mature voice for the first time and, like many of his later plays, stirred up contro­versy on their first appearances. In 1864, Ibsen applied to the govern­ment for a poet's stipend; when it was refused, he exiled himself from Norway. The injustice he felt at this denial helped propel his two early masterpieces, the verse dramas Brand (1866) and Peer Gynt (1867). Ibsen spent most of his years of exile in Germany, though he frequently spent months at a time in Italy. He returned briefly to Norway for the publication of his huge epic Emperor and Galilean (1873). He published A Doll's House in 1879, followed by Ghosts (1881), An Enemy of the People (1882), The Wild Duck (1884), Rosmersholm (1886), The Lady from the Sea (1888), Hedda Gabler (1890), The Master Builder (1892), Little Eyolf (1894) and John Gabriel Borkman (1896). When We Dead Awaken, Ibsen's last play and a grand culmination of his themes, appeared in 1900. He returned to Christiania in 1891 to live out his life and died four years after suf­fering a physical and mental breakdown.

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  • Robert Falls, Director
    Robert Falls, Director

    ROBERT FALLS (Goodman Theatre Artistic Director) The 2016/2017 Season marked Falls’ 30th anniversary as the artistic director of the Goodman in which he directed the world premiere of Jim McGrath’s Pamplona, starring Stacy Keach, and Annie Baker’s adaptation of Uncle Vanya. In the 2015/2016 Season he directed the Chicago premiere of Rebecca Gilman’s Soups, Stews, and Casseroles: 1976, and also partnered with Goodman playwright-in-residence Seth Bockley to direct their world premiere adaptation of Roberto Bolaño’s 2666 (Jeff Award for Best Adaptation). During the 2014/2015 Season, he reprised his critically acclaimed production of The Iceman Cometh at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, directed Rebecca Gilman’s Luna Gale at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Los Angeles and directed a new production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni for the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Other recent productions include Measure for Measure and the world and off-Broadway premieres of Beth Henley’s The Jacksonian. Among his other credits are The Seagull, King Lear, Desire Under the Elms, John Logan’s Red, Jon Robin Baitz’s Three Hotels, Eric Bogosian’s Talk Radio and Conor McPherson’s Shining City; the world premieres of Richard Nelson’s Frank’s Home, Arthur Miller’s Finishing the Picture (his last play), Eric Bogosian’s Griller, Steve Tesich’s The Speed of Darkness and On the Open Road, John Logan’s Riverview: A Melodrama with Music and Rebecca Gilman’s A True History of the Johnstown Flood, Blue Surge and Dollhouse; the American premiere of Alan Ayckbourn’s House and Garden and the Broadway premiere of Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida. Falls’ honors for directing include, among others, a Tony Award (Death of a Salesman), a Drama Desk Award (Long Day’s Journey into Night), an Obie Award (subUrbia), a Helen Hayes Award (King Lear) and multiple Jeff Awards (including a 2012 Jeff Award for The Iceman Cometh). For “outstanding contributions to theater,” Falls has also been recognized with such prestigious honors as the Savva Morozov Diamond Award (Moscow Art Theatre), the O’Neill Medallion (Eugene O’Neill Society), the Distinguished Service to the Arts Award (Lawyers for the Creative Arts), the Illinois Arts Council Governor’s Award and, most recently, induction into the Theater Hall of Fame.

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