9-30-19 ASHLAND, Ohio -- Ashland University Theatre opens its 2019-20 “Season of Courage” with Arthur Miller's adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's An Enemy of the People on Oct. 11, 12, 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 13, at 2 p.m. in Hugo Young Theatre.
Directed by Dr. Teresa Durbin-Ames, Associate Professor of Theatre, the show is being produced in conjunction with The Arthur Miller Society's 13th International Conference, which is being held at Ashland University Oct. 18-20.
“It is a play that asks questions about the value of science, the role of the free and independent press, the democratic right to free speech and the consequences of fighting for the truth,” Durbin-Ames said. “The answers are not clear, as Miller’s characters present audiences with moral conundrums not only of 1950, when he wrote the play, or 1882, when the play was first written, but of today.”
An Enemy of the People is the story is of a small Norwegian town that has just begun to win fame and wealth through its medicinal spring waters. Dr. Stockmann, (Will Taylor, Fairborn), discovers the waters are poisoned and tries to warn the town but finds its newspaper leaders -- Hovstad, Aslaksen and Billing (Emily Schordock, Westlake; Ashli Lucio, Wylie, Texas, and Ethan Tingler, Roseville), won’t report his findings.
Meanwhile, the town's mayor (Mia Kardotzke, Clyde), who happens to be Stockmann's sister, convinces the town to oppose her brother's efforts. Stockmann is branded “an enemy of the people,” which endangers his wife and three children (Tia Shanklin, Alliance; Tiffany Sims, Grapevine, Texas; Pippa Johnson, Ashland; and Bryce Gray, Ashland; respectively).
Also cast are Luke Martin (Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania) as Morten Kiil, Belle Ayala (Parma) as Captain Horster and Eric Breeden (Medina) as the drunk. The ensemble of townspeople will include Drew Berlin, Macy Campbell, Bethany Double, Holly Fongheiser, Haley Foss, Syd Genter, Sarah Graham, Caileigh E. Kropka, Sonnie Lemmons, Rachel Lowery, Alan Naymick, Tristan Peterman, Tyler W. Rice, Maya Rickard, Katie Snell and Brianna Whitmore.
The show’s designers, with theater credits from New York City and Chicago to Playhouse Square, the Ohio Light Opera and OSU-Mansfield, include guest artists Daniel Hobbs, scenic and projections designer, and Richard Ingraham, sound designer, as well AU alumni kClare McKellaston and Seth Morrison as the costume and lighting designers, respectively.
The production staff is composed of David Steinmetz, technical director; AnnMarie Hill (Mansfield), assistant costume designer; D. Justin Bilewicz III, costume studio manager; Alejandro Ridolfi (Middleburg Heights), projectionist, projection technician and master electrician; Nicholas Tipper (Amherst), master carpenter; Maya Rickard (Wooster), scenic artist; Nikolaus Demers (Shelby), stage manager; and Syd Genter (Mansfield), assistant stage manager.
Opening-night patrons are invited to a reception with the cast and crew following the performance.
Tickets for the performances are $12 for adults; $10 for senior citizens, AU faculty, staff and alumni; $8 for groups of 10 or more, $5 for non-AU students, and $2 for Ashland University students with ID.
Season tickets for admission to all three season productions -- An Enemy of the People, Mamma Mia and The Odd Couple -- are available for $28 for adults; $24 for senior citizens, Ashland University faculty, staff and alumni; and $12 for non-AU students.
To purchase tickets, call the Ashland University box office at 419.289.5125, Monday through Friday, noon to 6 p.m., or purchase online anytime at www.ashland.edu/tickets. For more information about the Department of Theatre, go to www.ashland.edu/theatre or www.facebook.com/AshlandUniversityTheatre.
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