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HENRIK IBSEN

“AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE”

Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/An_Enemy_of_the_People

Synopsis
The citizens of a small economically depressed town have invested their hopes for economic recovery in the healthy waters of a new spa resort that is just seeing it’s first visitors. Dr. Tom Stockman, the health director of the spa, discovers that these supposedly healthy waters are actually dangerously polluted due to mismanagement during construction of the spa. He tries to make this information public so that the problem can be addressed, thinking that he will be saving his town from disaster. His brother, the mayor of the town and chairman of the board for the spa, tries stop him, saying that publishing the truth will actually ruin the town, making the doctor “an enemy of the people.” The other citizens of the town – newspaper editors, small business owners, workers and homeowners – struggle to decide which side to support. What is right? What is best for the common good? What serves their own interests? The resulting battle for the hearts and minds of the people of the town reveals an ideological divide greater than the one about the spa’s polluted waters. It also forces Dr. Stockman whether telling the truth is worth suffering devastating financial consequences for himself and his family.  

HISTORY

Trump Speech to Conservative Political Action Conference on February 24, 2017
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/02/24/donald-trump-cpac-media-enemy-of-the-people/98347970/1

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

1A Podcast – July 27, 2017
How To Keep Friends And Influence Yourself w/David Leonhardt
http://the1a.org/shows/2017-07-27/party-line-thinking-changing-minds-that-are-made

New York Times Theater Section – Ben Brantley, Jesse Green & Alexis Soloski – Aug. 16, 2017
Hard Truths or Easy Targets? Confronting the Summer of Trump Onstage
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/16/theater/hard-truths-or-easy-targets-confronting-the-summer-of-trump-onstage.html?emc=eta1

SCRIPTS

Project Gutenberg’s Etext
Original Play Tanslated by R Farquharson Sharp
https://archive.org/stream/anenemyofthepeop02446gut/aeotp10.txt