“An Enemy of the People” by Henrik Ibsen translated by Rebecca Lenkiewicz 

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by Henrik Ibsen translated by Rebecca Lenkiewicz
An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast recording, featuring: Richard Kind, Gregory Harrison, Rosalind Ayres, Emily Swallow, Josh Stamberg, Tom Virtue, Alan Shearman, Alan Mandell, and Jon Matthews. Additional voices by Sam Boeck, William Hickman, Adam Mondschein, Julia Coulter, and Jeff Gardner. Directed by Martin Jarvis.
Approx 2 hours
Released: May 31, 2014
Publisher: LA Theatre Works

Once again it is time to visit an L.A. Theatre Works production. This time around we have a production of the play “An Enemy of the People” A small town relies on tourists coming to their town for the mineral water baths, but Dr. Stockmann has discovered that the new baths built in his town are infected with a deadly disease he tries to warn the town that they must repair or close the baths. The Mayor, who is Dr. Stockmann’s brother, does not believe the report and refuses to close the baths because it will cause the financial ruin of the town.

Dr. Stockmann tries to take his case to the people, but the mayor intercedes and explains to the people how much it will cost to repair the baths. The Mayor says that the Doctor has always been filled with wild, fanciful ideas and in a public meeting, he has his brother declared an enemy of the people. The doctor decides to leave the town, but at the last minute comes to the realization that he must stay and fight for the things he believes to be right. While Dr. Stockmann is an impulsive and naïve man he believes the issue could ruin the town more than being shut down for repairs would. He maintains that the truth cannot be killed by a “conspiracy of silence.” This leads to the conclusion of “the strongest man is he who stands alone.” While being written in the mid 18th century this play still holds true today.

Being a production by L.A. Theatre Works once again listening to this production you are put in the center of the audience and listening to the show. The production is so well done that it is easy to have this theatre of the mind play out while you are just along for the ride. Great performances and great production.

Publisher’s Summary

When a small town relies on tourists flocking to its baths, will a report of dangerously polluted waters be enough to shut them down? Henrik Ibsen weighs the cost of public health versus a town’s livelihood in An Enemy of the People.

An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast recording, featuring: Richard Kind, Gregory Harrison, Rosalind Ayres, Emily Swallow, Josh Stamberg, Tom Virtue, Alan Shearman, Alan Mandell, and Jon Matthews. Additional voices by Sam Boeck, William Hickman, Adam Mondschein, Julia Coulter, and Jeff Gardner. Directed by Martin Jarvis.

Includes an interview with Joel K. Bourne, Jr., former senior environment editor for National Geographic, on man-made environmental disasters, climate change, and the state of the world’s water supply.

An Enemy of the People is part of L.A. Theatre Works’ Relativity Series featuring science-themed plays. Major funding for the Relativity Series is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to enhance public understanding of science and technology in the modern world.

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