Season 34

An Enemy of the People

by Henrik Ibsen
adapted by Arthur Miller
directed by Jason A. Fleece*

March 1 – April 3, 2011

Previews: February 25, 26, and 28 at 7:30pm
: March 1st at 7:30 PM
Regular Run:
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm
Sundays at 2:30pm

Should the majority rule? Who is responsible when the majority is wrong?  Arthur Miller asks these timeless questions in his powerful adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s classic, An Enemy of the People. When Dr. Stockmann makes a poisonous discovery about the town’s water, his brother, the Mayor, draws him into a battle for public opinion that threatens to tear their family—and their community—apart.


Dr. Stockmann: William Watt
Peter Stockmann: Cory Krebsbach*
Mrs. Stockmann: Anita Chandwaney*
Melanie Derleth*
Morten Kiil: Sandy Elias
: Brian Plocharcyzk*
Captain Horster: Kevin Scott
Billing: Tony Bozzuto
Aslaksen: James Eldrenkamp
Morten: Juan Lozada
Eijlif: Kenneth Martin
First Citizen: Tania Negron Flores
Second Citizen: Anna Danielson
Third Citizen: Lee Wichman
Fourth Citizen: Andy Quijano
Drunk: Kurt Conroyd

*Stage Left Ensemble Member

Production Team:

Stage Manager: Jessica Fike
Production Manager
Robin Plocharcyzk
Scenic Designer: Alan Donahue
Lighting Designer: John Kohn III*
Costume Designer: Elizabeth Flauto
Props Designer: Amy Gilman
Sound Designer: Adam Smith *
Technical Direction: Jayme McGhan
Dramaturg: Zev Valancy *
Assistant Director: Jordy Williams
Graphic Design: Amy Jahnke
Photographer: Johnny Knight

For this production of An Enemy of the People, Stage Left is proud to partner with the UNICEF Tap Project, a nationwide campaign that provides the world’s children access to safe, clean water. During World Water Week, March 20-26, 2011, restaurants across the United States will encourage patrons to donate $1 or more for the tap water they usually enjoy for free. In tandem, UNICEF Tap Project Volunteers will be supporting their efforts by conducting local fundraising events and activities. Thousands of restaurants, dining patrons, students and volunteers, along with corporate, community, celebrity and governments supporters have made the UNICEF Tap Project a powerful national movement.

Click here for more info.


“One of the top ten shows to see this winter” —Chicago Theater Blog

“RECOMMENDED… Ibsen crafted in shades of gray, laying out all sides of the argument, showing us a well-balanced look at bravery versus misguided ambition and pride. Watt and Krebsbach give us believable polar points, while Sandy Elias and James Eldrenkamp successfully embody a flawed moral center.”  -Lisa Buscani, NewCity

“searing relevance… Watt’s heartfelt performance excellently counters Krebsbach’s acutely evil demeanor; scenes between the brothers are most captivating.”  -Julienne Bilker, TimeOut Chicago

“I enjoyed the production thoroughly… both William Watt as the hero and Cory Krebsbach as his brother-villain handle their parts with flair. I also especially enjoyed the comic turn by James Eldrenkamp as the townsman urging moderation in all things–even virtue. See it because it’s stirring and engaging.” –Kelly Kleiman, WBEZ

“…one might think it had just been ripped from today’s headlines.  That is truly a signature of timely and timeless theatre, and Stage Left has given us a great account of it …William J. Watt bristles with a compassionate righteous indignation… His mayoral brother Peter Stockmann could easily be reduced to a hypocritical and evil bureaucrat,… Fortunately Cory Krebsbach finds such rich dimension and common sense in the character that it is no wonder he is able to buffalo the local townsfolk.  We live in a time of tumultuous political and social division where moderation may be the greatest folly of all.  Thankfully we still have great plays like “An Enemy of the People” to keep the debates flowing and to allow audiences to use their greatest possessions – their minds.” _Joe Stead, Chicago Stage Style

…a riveting theatrical experience that reminds us that sometimes it only takes one lone voice to makes social or political change despite the whims of the majority. William J. Watt’s performance alone makes this play worth seeing… RECOMMENDED” – Tom Williams, ChicagoCritic

“…breathless staging… a strong cast” – Justin Hayford, Chicago Reader

Click here to read the OpEdNews interview with director Jason Fleece