"An Enemy of the People" Taking the UMD Stage

Created: November 01, 2019 07:44 AM

A new adaptation of a play written in 1882 is hitting the stage at UMD.  It's called "An Enemy of the People."


Rachel Williams said the story is about a scientist who finds pollution in the water.  Williams plays the daughter of the scientist, Petra Stockmann.

"When he goes to the authorities about the issue, they have other plans," Williams said. "So it's really a battle between science and politics. "

Patrick Timmons plays Peter Stockmann, the brother of the scientist and also the mayor of the town.

"Not only is there the conflict between the authorities and the scientists, but there's also that sort of familial bond that's going on and that brotherly love/struggle that we're fighting with," Timmons said. 

Williams said she loves her part because the director of the show, Tom, also wrote the adaptation, and wrote the characters for them.

"I find there's a lot of things that we say in real life that he put into our characters," Williams said. 

"For me playing a villain, or somebody that audiences might assume is villainous, it's really exciting to look at it through Peter's eyes," Timmons said. 

Williams said the theme is still relevant today and is could be relevant now more than ever.

"It really is about the impact the silent majority has," Williams said. 

The crew is excited to get the production on stage.  Timmons said a cool aspect about it is that there will be audiences on all four sides. 

The show will debut on November 7 at the Marshall Performing Arts Center.  There are showings November 7th through 9th and 12th through 16th at 7:30 p.m. and then a 2 p.m. showing on November 10th.  You can purchase tickets here. 

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