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SCHAUBÜHNE AM LEHNINER PLATZ

AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE (Henrik Ibsen)

Thomas Ostermeier

Directed by: Thomas Ostermeier
A version by: Florian Borchmeyer
Dramaturgy: Florian Borchmeyer
Stage design: Jan Pappelbaum
Costume design: Nina Wetzel
Music: Malte Beckenbach, Daniel Freitag
Light design: Erich Schneider
Wall paintings: Katharina Ziemke

Cast
Dr. Stockmann: Christoph Gawenda
Member of City Council: Ingo Hülsmann
Mrs. Stockmann: Eva Meckbach
Hovstad: Renato Schuch
Aslaksen: David Ruland
Billing: Moritz Gottwald
Morten Kiil: Thomas Bading
Délka / Duration: 2h30 (bez pauzy / no intermission)

Premiéra v Berlíně 8. září 2012 / Premiere in Berlin September 8, 2012

An Enemy of the People – Dr. Stockmann discovers that the source of drinking and spa water is riddled with pathogenic micro-organisms, caused by industrial effluence. Stockmann wants to publish the findings in the newspaper and demands that the city council re-route the water pipes. Influential citizens and local journalists promise their support. However, his brother Peter, the mayor, raises some serious concerns: The economic prosperity of the spa town will be threatened. Suddenly the support for Stockman from the town's policymakers begins to wane. They spread seeds of doubt about his plans and try to cover up the fact of the contaminated water. But Stockmann insists on transparency and intends to go public on the matter. For him the affair has long since ceased to be about the polluted health spa, his target is society as a whole. Ibsen's drama wavers on a fine line between honesty and fanaticism. What is the potential for transparency in a commercialised society?

Everything is focused, nothing is overstated. This is vital and purposeful theatre. Huffington Post, New York

Borchmeyer’s intelligent, slimmed-down version of the original is, much in the spirit of Ibsen himself, imbued with contemporary social criticism on the myth of the economic boom and on the general trend towards the individualisation of living conditions. Stefan Kirschner, Berliner Morgenpost

Isn’t it perhaps an account of the fact that the “young” generation of today enjoys to discuss, sign petitions and get engaged, but at the end of the day music and fashionable trousers are more important? Because it is enough to smoke some weed from time to time, sing a song and everything will get back into order somehow? Vojtěch Varyš, World and Theatre

Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz – The Schaubühne was founded in 1962. Since 1999 it has been led by artistic director Thomas Ostermeier. The foundation of his tenure was laid in the formation of a new ensemble of permanently employed actors. The Schaubühne premieres a minimum of ten shows per season alongside a repertoire of over 30 existing productions. Starting from the concept of an ensemble theatre, the actors, dramatic characters and situations of a play take centre stage at the Schaubühne. One of the theatre’s distinctive features is a stylistic variety in approaches to directing, which includes new forms of dance and musical theatre. The search for a contemporary theatre language which focuses upon storytelling and a precise understanding of texts – both classical and contemporary – is a unifying element. Alongside directors from Berlin such as Thomas Ostermeier, Falk Richter, Michael Thalheimer, Marius von Mayenburg and Patrick Wengenroth, the Schaubühne frequently offers a platform in Berlin to notable directors from abroad. Currently productions by Romeo Castellucci, Alvis Hermanis, Katie Mitchell, Rodrigo García, Yael Ronen and choreographer Constanza Macras are being shown at the theatre. At the same time, the Schaubühne showcases its productions abroad in over a hundred performances every year.

Photos: Arno Declair

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