An Enemy of the People

Written by:

Betty Jane Wylie

Cast Size:
12

Roles For:

  • Men: 7
  • Women: 2

Genre:

Adaptation
Drama

Themes:

Community
Environment
Isolation
Social Justice

Length:

90 min.

Year Written:

1970

Synopsis:

“An adaptation of the Henrik Ibsen play An Enemy of the People, set in Saskatchewan in the 1960s.” (From the CPO Website)

Characters:

Dr. Tom Stockman, fifty years old, a general practitioner and Medical Health Officer of the municipality

Kate Stockman, forty-eight, his wife

Peter Stockman, fifty-six, his brother and mayor of the town

Pat Stockman, twenty-two, his daughter, a teacher

Martin Stockman, thirteen, his son

Martin Kindersley, seventy-five, Kate Stockman’s adoptive father

Bill McTaggart, twenty-eight, editor of the Prairie Leader

Aleck Stenik, forty-nine, the publisher of the paper

Jim Hafford, forty-four, a friend of Tom Stockman

A receptionist

Townspeople

A drunk

First Produced:

1962, Manitoba Theatre Centre

Resources:

An Enemy of the People is available through the CPO Website.

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Selection Notes:

Wylie gives Ibsen's work a great Canadian twist. This piece is a wonderful introduction to Ibsen's work and a strong study for realism. -Grace