An Enemy of the People

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Gulfshore Playhouse debuts An Enemy of the People

David Whalen and Jeffrey Binder in An Enemy of the People
David Whalen and Jeffrey Binder in An Enemy of the People

In the midst of the presidential election and political discourse across the nation, the Gulfshore Playhouse will raise its curtain for its newest production, An Enemy of the People, at The Norris Center in Naples. Taking politics to a personal level, the revamped and faster-paced version of the play might just hit a cord with locals as the storyline begs the question, “How much political power is too much?”

The Gulfshore Playhouse describes the play’s storyline by focusing on a town doctor who learns that the popular baths and tourist spas in the area are infected. Upon learning this information, Dr. Stockmann instructs the town to repair or close the baths, but his brother, the town’s Mayor, refuses to believe the report and shut the spas down for fear that it will ruin the town’s tourist-based economy.

The two speak out at a town meeting where the Mayor publicly accuses the doctor of being an enemy of the people. In reaction to this, Dr. Stockmann feels that he has no choice but to leave the town, putting him in an ethical dilemma of choosing between what is easy and what is right.