The 19th century story about a small town dealing with the negative health effects of its primary industry is as relevant today as when it was written.
“Over the course of the election cycle, we saw that everyone has their own truths and when those truths come into conflict, interesting things can happen,” said Dr. Kevin Ewert, professor of theater and director. “Hypocrisy and bad faith aren’t consigned to the 19th century.”
“For the students, it’s a challenge to work on things in the realistic mode,” he said.
Matty Tuzynski, an interdisciplinary arts major from Clarks Mills, plays the lead role of Dr. Thomas Stockmann, who, Tuzynski explains, wants to blow the whistle when health risks are found at the local baths that are the town’s livelihood.
His brother, Mayor Peter Stockmann (played by Gregg Mirth, an environmental studies major from North East), believes the information will destroy the town’s economy and harm people.
Other members of the cast are Adaora Igbo, a chemistry major from Silver Spring, Md., as Katherine Stockmann; Stephanie Mihalick, a history-political science major from Pittsburgh, as Petra Stockmann; Danielle Scott, a history-political science major from Altadena, Calif., as Hovstad; Nyssa Brumagin, an interdisciplinary arts major from North Warren, as Asklaksen; Josh Bower, a broadcast communications major from Ellicottville, N.Y., as Billing; Michael Robinson, a broadcast communications major from Louisville, Ky., as Horster; and Josh Ellson, a pre-radiological science major from Export, as Morten Kiil.
“An Enemy of the People” will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15, 16 and 17 and 2 p.m. Nov. 18 in the Studio Theater in Blaisdell Hall. Tickets are $6 for the public and $2 for all students. For more information or advance tickets, contact the Bromeley Family Theater box office at (814)362-5113.
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