by Henrik Ibsen
directed by Jim Masini
CALLBACKS: Thursday, November 30, 7–10 p.m.
Saint Sebastian Players at St. Bonaventure,
1625 W. Diversey, Chicago
Cold readings, no monologues
Synopsis and Main Character Descriptions
An Enemy of the People concerns the actions of Dr. Thomas Stockmann, a medical officer charged with inspecting the public baths on which the prosperity of his native town depends. He finds the water to be contaminated. When he refuses to be silenced, he is declared an enemy of the people.
Dr. Thomas Stockmann (40–50)
A practicing medical doctor, the medical officer of the town baths and the brother of the mayor, who got him the job at the baths. Stockmann is idealistic and excitable. For much of his life, he was destitute and lived in the countryside; now he is happy to be fairly prosperous and living in a bustling town.
Mrs. Katherine Stockmann (40–50)
Dr. Stockmann’s wife. She is loyal and practical and often encourages her husband to think of his family when he is being rash. Morten Kiil is her adoptive father, or grandfather, depending on translation.
Petra Stockmann (20s)
The daughter of Thomas and Katherine, Petra is as idealistic as her father. She is a hard-working teacher, and she is frustrated that the law requires her to teach things she doesn’t believe in.
Peter Stockmann (35–45)
Dr. Stockmann’s brother. He is also chairman of the baths committee. He is a cautious but sometimes ruthless politician.
Editor of The People’s Herald, the town’s leftist newspaper. Although slightly corrupt, he is at heart a political radical.
The newspaper’s printer. Because he lets the paper print on credit, he has a degree of editorial control. He is also the chairman of the homeowners association, which represents the town’s small business class, the majority of voters. He also has great influence with the Temperance Society, and he is a lover of moderation.
An assistant at the newspaper, he is a radical, like Hovstad, but he is also ambitious and plans to run for office. He is in some way courting Petra.
Captain Horster (40–60)
A ship captain who has little interest in local politics, Horster provides the hall for Dr. Stockmann’s speech, but he is fired from his ship as a result.
Morten Kiil (50–70)
A rich old man, Kiil owns several of the tanneries that Dr. Stockmann implicates in his water pollution report. He is the adoptive father or grandfather (depending on the translation) of Mrs. Stockmann, and his will assigns a good deal of wealth to her and her children.
Morten Stockmann (10–12)
Dr. Stockmann’s young son. At the end of the play, Dr. Stockmann decides to educate Morten and his brother, Ejlif, according to his own principles so that they can lead a new generation of independent and politically righteous men.
Ejlif Stockmann (13–15)
Dr. Stockmann’s young son. At the end of the play, Dr. Stockmann decides to educate Ejlif and his brother, Morten, according to his own principles so that they can lead a new generation of independent and politically righteous men.
There is no pay for this project.
December 4, 2023–February 15, 2024
February 16–March 10, 2024
Fridays and Saturdays 7:30 p.m., Sundays 2 p.m.
All rehearsals and performances take place at St. Bonaventure Oratory, 1625 W. Diversey. Parking available.
Please do not submit if you are unavailable for any performances or tech week beginning Saturday, February 10.
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