Ibsens Classic Being Performed at Ohio Wesleyan

One man becomes “An Enemy of the People” in Henrik Ibsen’s classic play, standing alone against a town filled with ambition and greed when toxins in the water threaten the community’s money-making tourist trade.

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Ohio Wesleyan University’s production of ‘An Enemy of the People’ features students Sarah Gielink, left, as Petra; Josh Martin as Dr. Thomas Stockmann; and Daniel Haygood as Mayor Peter Stockmann. The play will run for four performances Oct. 6 through Oct. 9. (Photo by Denecia Young)

Ohio Wesleyan University’s Department of Theatre & Dance will present four performances of this engrossing drama, filled with issues of personal and social ethics, political ambitions, and sibling rivalry.

More than 50 OWU students are participating in the October production. “An Enemy of the People” is directed by professor Elane Denny-Todd and features scenic design by professor D. Glen Vanderbilt Jr., lighting design by Sarah Shulman, and costume design by Donna Williamson.

The play stars freshman Josh Martin of Apex, North Carolina, as Dr. Thomas Stockmann; junior Daniel Haygood of Quincy, California, as Mayor Peter Stockmann; and Sarah Gielink of Twinsburg, Ohio, as Petra.

In addition to “An Enemy of the People,” Ibsen is the playwright of “A Doll’s House,” “Ghosts,” and “Hedda Gabler,” among others. Author James Joyce once wrote that Ibsen’s work “has provoked more discussion and criticism than of any other living man.”

Performances of “An Enemy of the People” will begin at 8 p.m. Oct. 6, 7, and 8, with a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. Oct. 9. All shows will be held inside OWU’s Chappelear Drama Center, 45 Rowland Ave., Delaware, on the university campus.

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for senior citizens, Ohio Wesleyan employees, and non-Ohio Wesleyan students. Admission is free for Ohio Wesleyan students with a valid OWU ID. To reserve tickets, call the box office at (740) 368-3855.

Chappelear Drama Center, Ohio Wesleyan University