World Premiere of Ibsen Classic
By Michael Gottlieb
Is a clean glass of water worth everything?
Players Workshop and Stuffed Olive, Inc., present the world premiere of Enemy, based on An Enemy of the People, by Henrik Ibsen, and directed by two-time Emmy Award winner Dorothy Lyman.
Tue, Feb 11, Fri, Feb 12, and Sat, Feb 13, 7pm
Sun, Feb 14, 5pm
Tue, Feb 18, Fri, Feb 19, and Sat, Feb 20, 7pm
Sun, Feb 21, 5pm
San Miguel Playhouse
Calle Independencia 82
US$15 online/200 pesos at box office
Ibsen’s classic tale, written in 1882, has been given a fresh new adaptation by Melissa Sweeney. Upon completion of the play, Ibsen wrote to his publisher and said, “I am still uncertain as to whether I should call it a comedy or a straight drama. It may [have] many traits of comedy, but it also is based on a serious idea.” A serious idea indeed.
When the play opens, it’s an exciting time for the town of Desert Springs, California! The new Malboca Indian Resort and Casino is about to open. Everyone expects a new prosperity from the tourists bound to come down from LA in droves. However, the town’s favorite doctor, Teresa Stockmann, discovers a dark secret hidden within the aquifers that hold the healthy waters of Malboca Springs Resort. Dr. Teri wants to tell the people the truth. Their water, the reason for their existence, is toxic. Her sister, the mayor—whose job it is to protect the interests of the people—has other ideas. And why shouldn’t she? Dr. Teri’s ongoing battle with her own demons makes the truth an ever-changing target. Is the battle for Malboca Springs simply a long-simmering sibling rivalry or the age-old conflict between self-interest and the common good?
Dorothy Lyman, veteran actor and director of stage and screen, originally commissioned the new work with the intention of playing the plum role of Dr. Teri herself. She says, “The script took so long to develop (at least eight years and many readings later). I am now too old to play Dr. Teri, but luckily for me, Jill Gottlieb (most recently in By the Waters of Babylon) is the perfect choice for the role. I so look forward to exploring the world of Enemy with the wonderful actors who live in SMA and are willing to be part of my experiment. Joining Jill are David Cross, David Galitzky, Charlie Coleman, and Kate Rowland. Two lovely actresses from the States are rounding out the company: Tamara Geisler and Murrell Weissinger.”
Based upon a serious idea, as Ibsen says, the engrossing, suspenseful script is full of vibrant characters struggling with moral dilemma and trying to make best of the enemy in their midst.
Reserved seat tickets are easily purchased online at Playerssma.com/tickets. In the Centro, tickets can be purchased at Galería Ensueños at Mesones 57, Monday—Friday, 10am-2pm, or at the door one hour before show time.