Midcoast Actors' Studio announces auditions for 'Enemy'

Nov 04, 2019

Belfast — Midcoast Actors' Studio announces auditions for its production of "An Enemy of the People" by Henrik Ibsen. The show will be directed by Bill Burford, a professional director from New York. Auditions are Thursday, Dec. 5, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 7, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Troy Howard Middle School, 173 Lincolnville Ave. They will consist of cold readings from the script. Performances run April 10 through 19 at the Basil Burwell Theater, 17 Court St. Roles are available for children and adults.

The town in which the play is set has built a huge bathing complex that is crucial to the town's economy. Dr. Stockmann has just discovered that the baths' drainage system is seriously contaminated. He alerts several members of the community, including Hovstad and Aslaksen, and receives generous support and thanks for making his discovery in time to save the town. The next morning, however, his brother, who is also the town's mayor, tells him that he must retract his statements, for the necessary repairs would be too expensive; additionally, the mayor is not convinced by Dr. Stockmann's findings. The brothers have a fierce argument, but Dr. Stockmann hopes that at least Hovstad's newspaper will support him. However, the mayor convinces Hovstad and Aslaksen to oppose Dr. Stockmann.

The doctor holds a town meeting to give a lecture on the baths, but Aslaksen and the mayor try to keep him from speaking. Dr. Stockmann then begins a long tirade in which he condemns the foundations of the town and the tyranny of the majority. The audience finds his speech incredibly offensive, and the next morning the doctor's home is vandalized. He and his daughter are fired. The mayor insinuates that the doctor's actions were merely a scheme to inherit more of Morten Kiil's money, and Kiil himself soon arrives to suggest just such a plan to Dr. Stockmann. However, the doctor refuses all such suggestions and decides to defy authority and remain in town. His family is supportive, and he says that the strongest man is the man who stands alone.

For more information, visit midcoastactors.org or email midcoastactors@gmail.com. MAS is a 501c3 non-profit organization.

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