Award Winner Dorothy Lyman Directs Enemy
By Michael Gottlieb
Two-time Emmy Award winner Dorothy Lyman chose to stage her world premiere of Enemy, a new adaptation of the Henrick Ibsen classic, An Enemy of the People, here in San Miguel de Allende.
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
A discussion of Dorothy’s career would take longer than this article to promote Enemy. She is one of those rare and successful actor/directors. Briefly, Dorothy Lyman’s directing credits include 75 episodes of The Nanny, the CBS sitcom Payne starring John Laroquette, and the Off-Broadway premiere of John Ford Noonan’s A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking, and its subsequent national tour. Dorothy is perhaps most known for her work in front of the camera. She began her career on daytime television in A World Apart, The Edge of Night, and Another World before winning her Emmy awards for her work as Opal Gardner on All My Children. She also starred on Mama’s Family for seven seasons. She most recently played Sarah Jessica Parker’s mother on the upcoming HBO series Divorce. (Dorothy is worth a Google for her full profile.)
I sat down with our honored guest artist to discuss Enemy, which she originally commissioned. “How did it come about?” I asked.
Dorothy Lyman smiles easily and says, “I wanted to play Doctor Stockmann myself. I have always thought the male roles were so much more interesting than most of the roles for women, at least the ones I was offered, so I commissioned a writer, Melissa Sweeney, to adapt the Ibsen, making the two brothers into two sisters and updating the text to modern-day southern California. The play has great relevance for today. It’s all about our precious water resources and how we would rather poison ourselves than change the status quo.”
MG: How did you choose San Miguel to stage it?
DL: My producing partner Katie McHugh had a piece in the first Fringe Festival three years ago and came back to New York raving about the people, the place, the theaters, the food, the English-speaking community, and their love of theater. We came that spring to meet the theater community here, including yourself, and two years later, here we are—another opening, another show.
MG: What are your hopes and dreams for the production?
DL: This first full production of Enemy will give me the chance as director to really study and hear the text and make any changes and cuts that present themselves … My hope is that we will then have a sleek and solid script, ready to produce in Los Angeles or New York City.
Local professional talent Jill Gottlieb, Kate Rowland, Charlie Coleman, and David Cross team up with New York imports Tamara Geisler, Murrell Weissinger, and Brennan Lowery under Ms. Lyman’s direction.
Reserved seat tickets are easily purchased online at Playerssma.com or in Centro at Galería Ensueños at Mesones 57A Monday–Friday, 10am–2pm, or at the door one hour before showtime.