Call for Productions
If you’ve made it this far, we hope that you will consider joining the project with your own staged reading on or after November 8, 2017. We are starting with one staged reading in Durham, NC, and we’re inviting anyone who would like to participate in the project to mount their own reading. Our goal is to have at least one production in each state. It can be as simple or as elaborate as you like, all we ask is that your production honor the goals of the project.
Our primary goal is to bring this play to as many people as possible in a way that would help us understand what it means when President of the United States applies the condemnation of “enemy of the people” to the free press, declaring one of the fundamental pillars of our democracy an enemy. With a firm belief that art can reveal truths to us in ways that other forms of communication cannot, we have turned to a play that addresses this issue head on and forcefully: Ibsen’s “An Enemy of the People.”
his project is not about choosing a side and bashing the other side, it’s about understanding what we are doing and why we are doing it – actually trying to see what is motivating us and taking a good look at whether or not what we are doing is truly for the greater good or just our personal good. But of course, things are not that simple. We all have our opinions and beliefs, and they effect what we do and how we do it. But that’s what art is all about. Bringing our beliefs to the table but also our open minds and our willingness to learn and grow. That’s how we’d like you to approach this project as well.
Why This Play?
Despite its age, “An Enemy of the People” addresses this issue head on and forcefully. The play is not propaganda, but an examination of the human character, society and morality when faced with political truths that are inconvenient. Like the world we are living in now, the plot is messy, with twists and turns, and doesn’t give any easy answers. We see it as in opportunity to learn, enjoy, experience and do a little thinking as we express our artistic and political freedom. The original is not without its flaws and a good number of unpleasant and outdated ideas, but more recent adaptations have dealt with some of those, and at it’s core, it challenges us all to consider what we believe in and are willing to sacrifice and fight for.
A Staged Reading
We chose a staged reading because it makes it doable for most folks: no sets, no memorizing. November 8 is a Wednesday, so access to venues will be easier to secure. 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 a page of production resources to help you get started.
We do have a few rules, mainly to keep the project cohesive and on a good legal footing. We have tried to keep these rules as simple as possible to allow the most artistic freedom to each production, but we also want to ensure that all associated productions are in keeping with the goals of the project, are nonprofit in nature, and follow all legal requirements when using copyrighted material.
We ask that you register your production by filling out our production registration form and agree to our production rules. All registered productions will be listed on the website to help your audience find you.