Enemy Opens its World Premiere

By Michael Gottlieb

With the city water poisoning in Flint, Michigan, and the gas leak at the Porter Ranch in California, Enemy, which is based on the classic Ibsen stage play, An Enemy of the People, is more relevant today than when written in 1882. A Players Workshop and Stuffed Olive, Inc. world premiere production, Enemy is directed by two-time Emmy Award Winner Dorothy Lyman, with a smart new adaptation by Melissa Sweeney.

Theater
Enemy
Thu, Feb 11, Fri, Feb 12, and Sat, Feb 13, 7pm
Sun, Feb 14, 5pm
Thu, 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

Enemy is a riveting drama that asks big questions. Is a clean glass of water worth everything? When the show 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 Los Angeles in droves. But, the town’s favorite doctor, Teresa Stockmann, discovers a dark secret hidden in the aquifers below Malboca Springs Resort. Dr. Teri wants to tell the people the truth. Her sister, the mayor, whose job it is to protect the interests of the town, has other ideas. And why shouldn’t she? Dr. Teri’s battle with her own bi-polar 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? The stakes are high in Enemy. Friendships, family, and fortunes are at risk.

In the classic Ibsen play the protagonist/antagonist are two brothers, and the play is male-centric per the time it was written. For Dorothy Lyman’s vision—she commissioned this adaptation—the genders are switched, and two sisters move the play, starring San Miguel’s own Jill Gottlieb as Dr. Teri and Kate Rowland as her sister, Paula. Locals Charlie Coleman as the slacker son, Eli, and David Cross as Ken, Dr. Teri’s ever-patient husband, join Jill and Kate. Professional imports from the States include Tamara Geisler as Petra, the Stockmann’s dutiful daughter; Brennan Lowery as Portman, the hustling new media journalist; and Murrell Weissinger, who plays Deborah Ackerman, the local real estate agent.

When Ibsen submitted An Enemy of the People to his publisher in 1882, he wrote, “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.” Indeed, our new adaptation has plenty of smiles and laughs, but always the undercurrent of suspense and mystery. Who wins the battle for Malboca Springs? Reserved seat tickets are easily purchased online at playerssma.com or at Galería Ensueños at Mesones 57A Monday–Friday, 10am–2pm or at the door one hour before show time.

 

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