Performance Times: Tues, 7pm | Wed-Fri, 8pm | Sat, 3pm & 8pm | Sun, 3pm | Wed, 1pm PWYC (Nov. 14, 21, 28)
The Enemy is a Firehall Arts Centre production, adapted and directed by Artistic Producer Donna Spencer. It’s a political drama involving an ethically compromised antihero, political extremism, corruption, environmental activism and a lack of accountability for the destruction of a town. Hmm….sound familiar?
The Enemy is a contemporary interpretation of Henrik Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People (written in 1882, although Trump has made it popular again) – which as The New York Times says, “is suddenly as timely as a tweet.” In Ibsen’s version, Dr. Stockman is written as a male. In The Enemy, Donna has taken the role of Dr. Stockman and written it as a female to illustrate the road blocks women face when challenging the “powers-that-be” or “the old boys club”.
This is the Firehall’s 36th anniversary season and the programming for the season is about choices – the ones we make, the ones we think we should make but don’t, and the influences around us that colour that decision-making. The Enemy examines choice and asks “is the majority always right?” “What happens when truth is declared as not the truth?” “What happens when disbelief is spread via social media, ‘fake news’, and shoddy journalism?” Who ends up being the enemy?