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Commonweal Theatre Production: Ibsen's "Enemy of the People"

  • Date: Thursday, March 17, 2011
  • Time: 7:00 pm
  • Location: Center for Faith and Life—Main Hall

The Commonweal Theatre Company will perform Henrik Ibsen's classic "An Enemy of the People" at Luther College Thursday, March 17 at 7 p.m. in the Main Hall of Luther's Center for Faith and Life.

Balcony seats for the performance are open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis with no charge for admission.

Tickets are available at the Luther Box Office, located in the front lobby of the Center for Faith and Life, telephone (563) 387-1357, open Monday through Friday, 9 to 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; open until 7 p.m. Thursdays.

"An Enemy of the People" is the story of a small-town doctor who finds himself standing alone against his neighbors, friends and even members of his own family when he discovers that the waters of the town's famous health springs are dangerously polluted.

The play is the second Ibsen adaptation from Minnesota playwright Jeffery Hatcher created for the Commonweal Theatre as part of a series of new versions of Ibsen's plays developed for the American stage.

Students in Luther's Paideia I course are reading the play as part of a spring focus on Luther's cultural heritage, in honor of the college's Sesquicentennial.

According to Mark Muggli, Luther professor of English, Ibsen "documented in his plays the sometimes confining European/Norwegian world that the college founders left behind in order to serve on what was then the American frontier." 

Born in the small town of Skien on the Norwegian coast, Ibsen, known as the "father of modern drama," dissected his culture in a wide variety of plays. "An Enemy of the People" addresses a social issue that is still very present in our world, the problem of environmental degradation, and of the choices people must make in the face of social and economic pressures.

The Commonweal is a non-profit professional theatre with year-round main stage and educational programming located in downtown Lanesboro, Minn.

Commonweal Theatre Company's performance is brought to campus by the Luther Paideia program with support from the Luther College Lecture and Fine Arts fund and the Office of the Dean of the College.

Questions? Contact Susan Peterson, 563-387-1291