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Contributed by Susan Monagan on 04/11/2013
Ithaca College Theatre will wrap up its 2012-2013 mainstage season with Arthur Miller’s adaptation of Ibsen’s “An Enemy of the People.” Performances will take place in the Hoerner Theatre in Dillingham Center on April 23, 25, 26, and 27 at 8 p.m., and April 27 and 28 at 2 p.m. A talkback with the dramaturg will follow the matinee performance on the April 27.
Ticket prices for the event range from $5.50 to $11 and are on sale at all Ticket Center outlets, including Ticket Center Ithaca on the Commons and the Dillingham Center Box Office. For tickets, call (607) 274-3224, (607) 273-4497, or visit www.ithacaevents.com. For further information, visit www.ithaca.edu/theatre or www.facebook.com/ICtheatrearts.
‘An Enemy of the People’ explores the struggles of physician, Thomas Stockmann as he speaks the truth against the local population after an unsettling discovery. Set in a Norwegian coastal town anticipating a tourism boon, Stockmann must stand alone with the truth and go against the press, the local government and his brother while setting an example of moral courage. Ibsen wrote the play partially in response to the public outcry against the staging of a previous play.
Arthur Miller adapted Ibsen’s version in 1950 in response to accusations against him during the Communist Red Scare. Miller simulates Ibsen’s 19th-century style, while demonstrating Ibsen’s relevance to contemporary audiences.
Robert Moss, previously artistic director of the Hangar Theatre and Syracuse Stage, returns to Ithaca to direct ‘An Enemy of the People’.
“The clearest analogy of the play is to the hydrofracking issue in Tompkins County,” said Moss. “It's the modern battle that seems to pit jobs and money against the environment, and the environment almost always loses that battle. The immediate lure of money seems to push concerns about our air, our water and our environment into the background for discussion in some mythical future, which is now.”
Moss works alongside students in the production. His assistant director is Jeremy Ehlinger ’13.Alyssa Carlucci ’13 is the stage manager. Designers include Emilio Martinez Zurita De La Garza ’13 (scenic), Johanna Pan ’13 (costumes), Kristof Janezic ‘13 (lighting) and Alexander Dietz-Kest ’14 (sound). Margaret McCarthy ’13 is the technical director, and Benjamin Shipley ’13 is the dramaturg.
A nationally recognized theatre-training program, the Department of Theatre Arts attracts students from across and outside the United States. Throughout the season, students present all aspects of theatre in a professional model.
Dillingham Center accommodates all patrons. Individuals with special needs are asked to contact (607) 274-3224 to request accommodations as soon as possible.