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Ibsen's An Enemy of the People


Schaubühne Berlin

by Henrik Ibsen
Directed by Thomas Ostermeier
In a version by Florian Borchmeyer

Berlin's esteemed Schaubühne theater presents a radically revised adaptation of An Enemy of the People, Ibsen's potent 1882 drama about individual and social responsibility. The story of a whistleblower in a small town whose efforts to speak truth to power are shut down by his self-interested neighbors, the play both implicates and exhilarates its audience in a conversation about the perils of democratic capitalism. Directed by Thomas Ostermeier, for decades a leading creative voice and provocateur in European theater, the production has received strong reactions from audiences and critics alike, largely because of its controversial handling of the play's climactic scene (no spoilers here!). 

Approximate run time: 2 hours and 30 minutes without intermission 

Please note: this program is performed in German, with English supertitles. 

Additionally:

Artist Talk
Fri, Oct 12, 2018, 5pm
Geballe Room, Stephens Hall
Thomas Ostermeier, director of Schaubühne Berlin's radical new production of Ibsen's An Enemy of the People, talks with Cal Performances' interim artistic director Rob Bailis. Presented in association with the UC Berkeley Depts. of Comparative Literature and German as the annual Weisinger Lecture. A 2018/19 Season Berkeley RADICAL Citizenship event. Free and open to the public. A reception will follow. 

Catharsis Café
Fri, Oct 12, 2018, 10pm
Zellerbach Hall Lobby Mezzanine
Join fellow audience members for a post-performance discussion and reception. A 2018/19 Season Berkeley RADICAL Citizenship event. Free to ticket holders. 

Catharsis Café
Sat, Oct 13, 2018, 10pm
Zellerbach Hall Lobby Mezzanine
Join fellow audience members for a post-performance discussion and reception. A 2018/19 Season Berkeley RADICAL Citizenship event. Free to ticket holders. 

Later Event: October 13
Downtown Berkeley Farmers' Market