Deborah Jensen (left), Mallory Wedding (right), and Chris Carwithen play members of the Stockman family in D.L. Smith's adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's 'An Enemy of the People.' - Photo by Ezra Severin

Center Square Theatre at SOU

The Department of Theatre Arts at Southern Oregon University will present Henrik Ibsen's "An Enemy of the People," adapted by D.L. Smith. Performances will run at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, Nov. 6-8 and Nov. 13-15, with matinees at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 15 and 16.

D. L. Smith's adaptation of this 19th century drama places Ibsen's iconic character, Dr. Thomas Stockmann, in contemporary society. Stockmann's descent from respected citizen to community outcast is as relevant to today's political vagaries as it was for Ibsen in 1882. Stockman is responsible for a crucial economic development in his town, but the local mayor and news media thwart his efforts to redress contamination that comes to light.

Chris Carwithen plays Stockman; Deborah Jensen plays his wife Kate Stockman; Alex Yochim plays Mayor Peter Stockman; Gregg Land plays reporter Alexander Billings; Levi Goodman plays publisher Lawrence Hovstad; and Nick Walker plays businessman Perry Aslaksen.

Smith is a professor of acting at SOU and directed the university's 2007 productions of "Arcadia" and "Hotel Paradiso." directed the SOU production of "Arcadia" and "Hotel Paradiso" in 2007. He also has directed productions for Rogue Opera, Britt Festivals and Oregon Cabaret Theatre.

Set design is by Andrew Zehrung; costume design is by Katherine Nowacki; lighting design is by Laura Wiley; and sound design is by Chris Sackett. Assistant director is Curtis Goodman and stage manager is Kryssa Bush.

The Center Square Theatre is in the Theatre Arts Building on the SOU campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland.

Tickets cost $18, $16 for seniors and $5 for students. Those who subscribe to three or more plays offered during the Theatre Arts' 2008-2009 season will receive discounted rates.

Tickets and information are available at 552-6348. Tickets also are available at the door. Also see soul.edu/theatre/calendar.

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