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“An Enemy of the People”

AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE
April 27 - May 13

by Henrik Ibsen - Adapted by Arthur Miller
directed by Dieter Kaisenberg


Dr. Stockman, medical director for a health spa, discovers dangerous bacteria polluting its water. He decides the public needs to know in order to save lives. To his suruprise, everyone, including his own brother, turns against him for threatening the town's livelihood. This powerful drama deals with the price of honesty and the need for individual decisions, responsibility and moral courage.
"It flames out of a fiery spirit..." The New York Times.

From the director --

Norwegian Henrik Ibsen is internationally recognized as one of the creative masters of realistic drama and credited with the acceptance of naturalism by the modern theatre world. His masterpieces, A Doll's House (1879), Ghosts (1881) and An Enemy of the People (1882) were written during his years of voluntary exile in Germany and Italy. Dealing with the then-accepted middle class conventions that strongly influenced individual behavior, they became the most controversial works of their time.

An Enemy of the People played in more theatres worldwide than most modern plays, and no play inspired more motion pictures. Although its subject matter is no longer revolutionary, its portrayal of real people and the price of honesty remains universal. This powerful drama has many resonances for today's societies, touching on the power of the media and the need for individual responsibility and moral courage, and political expediency balanced against economic considerations.

I found it a great privilege and pleasure to come out of mothballs after retiring from a lifelong, full-time career in show biz to represent Arthur Miller and Henrik Ibsen by directing one of my favorite plays. I am dedicating this production to my father, a physician who spent his life caring for people in need of his help 24/7.

A director's primary mission is to please the audience, filling their needs and desires. To accomplish this he must utilize an important indispensable tool: his actors -- the creative force in the theatre. I was fortunate to have found some of the finest local talent and wish to thank my devoted cast and crew for making An Enemy of the People possible at Barnstormers. Enjoy!

Dieter Kaisenberg

CAST BIO

Kent Prickett (KIIL) is happy to be back at the Barnstormers Theatre. He last appeared as Norman Thayer, Jr., in On Golden Pond. He has been in many plays and musicals in the area. Kent is also an original member of The Old Time Radio Players.

Joshua Kennedy (BILLING) began his acting career approximately five years ago with The Music Man and is proud to say he has improved greatly along his journey, creating an entirely new definition for comic relief. He has recently acted in Noises Off and Scapino at Barnstormers and also was in Fiddler on the Roof.

Diane Nichols (CATHERINE) is very happy to be returning to the Barnstormers stage where she was last seen as Edna in A Delicate Balance and Clairee, the mayor’s wife, in Steel Magnolias. At Ashland Contemporary Theatre she recently played the misguided Sylvia in End Days. Diana is also a writer of short comedies and plays, several of which have been part of Imagine’s Sunday programs. She has thoroughly enjoyed working with Dieter and Lorraine and working with this talented cast and crew.

David Mannix (PETER STOCKMANN) has been in numerous productions in southern Oregon, most recently as Tobias A Delicate Balance. He is on the theatre board and chairs the Artistic Committee at Barnstormers. He is also on the board of the Josephine Community Libraries, whose cause he hereby shamelessly espouses.

Jerry Terry (HOVSTAD) is so excited about his first venture with Barnstormers. He has been filling his time working with the Whodunit Players at Cynthia’s Home Sweet Home Dinner Theatre. It has been thirty-something years since he was in a serious production and he is looking forward to being back on stage. Jerry has lived in the Rogue Valley since 2003 and has been working as a computer consultant until he gets his big break ... Is this the one?

Sig Dekany (DR. STOCKMANN) has been seen in the Grants Pass theatre community at Stardust (The Nerd, The Passion of Dracula), One Eleven (The Screwtape Letters, Beauty and the Beast), and Barnstormers (An Actor’s NIghtmare, Brighton Beach Memoirs, The Diary of Anne Frank, Scapino, A Delicate Balance). He directed his first play at Barnstormers, Rocket Man, for which he received a Sneak Preview nomination as Best Director. Sig is currently vice president of the Barnstormers’ board.

John Stuart (CAPTAIN HORSTER) has fifty years experience in theatre. He played in 74 plays and 24 musicals. John was selected Rogue Valley Best Actor three times and was four times runner-up; Southern California Inland Empire Community Theatre 1979 Best Actor winner. Some favorite roles include El Gallo in The Fantasticks, Capt. Von Trapp in The Sound of Music, Capt. Hook in Peter Pan, Bullshot Crummond in Bullshot and Dracula in He was last seen Mawg Toye’s Starship Fantasy Moon Cruise and Barnstormers’ Look Homeward, Angel. He likes star gazing and warm sunny days.

Annelise Cound (PETRA) has been performing on stage since age seven. In addition to her thirteen years in The Nutcracker, she has been seen in various productions throughout the Rogue Valley. Some of her favorite roles include The Artful Dodger in Rogue Music Theatre’s Oliver!, Peter Pan is One Eleven Theatre’s Peter Pan, and Suzanne in Barnstormers’ Picasso at the Lapin Agile. She is excited to be working with some familiar theatre faces as well as some new faces in this latest adventure into thespianism.

Jacob Weber (MORTEN) debuted in Barnstormers’ The Butterfingers Angell, playing one of Mary’s loutish brothers and a rebellious Donkey. He likes performing on stage and is excited to have that opportunity once again. Jacob also enjoys reading, spending time with family and friends, and taking part in Art Along the Rogue as a street painter.

Trevor Terry (EJLIF) is ready the make his Barnstormers debut as enjoyable for the audience as it is for him. Relatively new to theatrical productions, he has been an actor at a local murder mystery dinner theatre and is looking gain experience and knowledge of live, onstage performances. Offstage, he enjoys listening to and playing music, rock climbing, swimming, kayaking and everything else ‘under the sun.’

Jim Combs (ASLAKSEN) is a relative newcomer to acting. He was previously cast as Sagot, the art dealer, in Picasso at the Lapin Agile. He feels that the politics and emotions of this production are extremely timely.

William Babishoff (HENRIK), a former radio and television host, recently moved to southern Oregon. He is a member of the Old Time Radio Players and studies acting at Rogue Community College. William is excited to be part of An Enemy of the People, his first performance at Barnstormers.

Jordan von Tersch (EDVARD) is currently attending Rogue Community College for his Emergency Medical Team and paramedic certification. He is also enrolled in RCC’s Art Department, where he found his love for the theatre.

Aaron Barber (NANSEN) is a full-time college student by day and a thespian by night. Involved in theatre since 2006, he most recently was seen in The Butterfingers Angel and One Eleven Theatre’s Cinderella Enchanted. He is thankful for the chance to work on this marvelous show. Being a Jack of many trades, he is also this production’s Assistant Stage Manager, Assistant Props Manager. Sit back, relax and enjoy An Enemy of the People.

Peter Calabro (DRUNK) is glad to be involved in An Enemy of the People as a bit player. He thanks Dieter Kaisenberg for the honor. He predicts that Arthur Miller’s American adaptation should be a success. Offstage, Peter enjoys outdoor activities such as fishing, camping, walks with his Golden retriever Sadie, and spending time with his lovely wife Victoria.

Barbara Combs (GABRIEL) is semi-new to acting. She played in Picasso at the Lapin Agile and also was its stage manager. Being a mother of five, she knows all about drama. She hopes you enjoy the play.