In Henrik Ibsen’s famed, An Enemy of the People, a man of science tries to warn his fellow citizens about an environmental danger in their midst, only to unleash a political backlash he never anticipated. The insights that Ibsen revealed in this 19th century play are just as relevant today, in light of 21st century events, as they were then. The play is an examination of the human character, society and morality as seen through the lens of a small town faced with a truth that is politically inconvenient. And it’s actually quite funny.

With the belief that art can reveal truths to us in ways other forms of communication cannot, Netherwood Productions and the Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern are presenting our own take on the play with a staged reading on November 8, 2017 at Motorco in Durham. We are hoping to start a conversation about what might be some of the very basic human needs behind the polarization of our politics today.

Like the world we are living in now, the characters are imperfect and the plot is messy, with twists and turns, a bit of shouting and occasional hiding in closets. And it doesn’t offer any easy answers, making it a perfect starting point for a conversation. One that could help us understand what we are doing today and find a better way to move forward. We hope you will join us to learn, enjoy, experience, and do a little thinking as we express our artistic and political freedom.

We have a fantastic lineup of local acting talent including Jaybird O’Berski, Tom Marriott, Marcia Edmundson, Steven Cooper, Carl Martin, Drina Dunlap, Alexandra Vallahares, Germain Choffart, Alice Rose Turner, and Rocco Albano.

The reading will also feature musical guests, Pattie, Jack and Jonathan Le Sueur and photographs by Julie Williams Dixon.

Why this play? Why now? Check out our About Page for more about how this project came about. Learn more about the people who have made it possible on our Partners and Sponsors Page.

Call For Productions

Let’s Put On a Show!

To any theatrically inclined persons out there: “PLEASE JOIN US!” We’d love to have a production in each state. It can be as simple or as elaborate as you like. We chose a staged reading because it makes it doable for most folks: no sets, no memorizing. Choose a date that works for you. You can do the original play or an adaptation (yours or someone else’s). Really, we want this to be something that each production embraces as their own and makes their own artistically, because we are artists and that’s what we do.

 We have included a page of Production Resources to help you get started, and we ask that you register your production by filling our our registration form. All registered productions will be listed on the website to help your audience find you.

List of Performances

Find a Performance Near You!

Intrigued? Great! We would be thrilled to have you join us. Just check the List of Performances to see if there is one near you. We are adding performances as soon as they are registered. So if you don’t see one near you, check back, one might just show up. Each performance is run locally, so you will need to use the contact information provided by each to reserve your seat.