"An Enemy of the People" launches the NWSA College Theater Season

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Two female college theater students in a scene from the play titled An Enemy of the PeopleMIAMI—New World School of the Arts launches its theatre season with the 1882 play by Henrik Ibsen, An Enemy of the People. “Written over 130 years ago,” explained director and NWSA faculty member Gail Garrisan, “Ibsen's words offer a scathing indictment of expediency over personal integrity, an exploration of ego, exploitation and personal gain, and a tale of never ending political maneuverings.” The production highlights the talents of 19 New World School of the Arts college and two high school students.

The six-day schedule begins on Friday, October 11 at 7:30 PM at the Louise O. Gerrits Theater – 25 NE 2nd Street, 8th Floor, downtown Miami. Additional performances will be on October 12, 18 and 19 at 7:30 PM and Sunday, October 13 and 20 at 2:00 PM. General admission is $12, students and seniors $5. Tickets can be purchased online at nwsa.mdc.edu.

“The strongest man in the world is he who stands most alone,” is the iconic phrase that identifies this agelessproduction by Ibsen. The protagonist, Dr. Stockmann, finds himself alone in his convictions among those who he deemed to be his friends. Determined to stand resolute for what he believes is just and to safeguard the health of his community, he decides to continue on his quest to expose the truth regardless of the enemies he makes along the way.  NWSA production of An Enemy of the People is set in 1979 in a town where a bathing complex has been built. Although the new project is crucial to the town’s economy, there is one major flaw, which Dr. Stockmann is not willing to overlook – the contamination of the baths' drainage system. He sets out to expose the danger, however, his own sister Ingrid - mayor of the town - as well as other movers and shakers in the area oppose his allegations in an effort to save the profits that the baths promise for the town.

Director Garrisan explains about the playwright, “He'd like us to be aware of when we are being complicit, compliant, complacent or even unconscious,” and she leaves us with these thoughts, “Today we are bombarded by sound bites and inundated with Instagram, Twitter and Facebook posts. Misinformation is de rigueur. Everyone seems ready to say something, or offer a judgment. But a judgment based on what? Facts? Concrete knowledge? Or simply, unthinking, in the moment, opinion."

About the NWSA Theater program: Theater and music theater students at NWSA hone their craft through acting technique, movement and speech classes, focusing on fundamentals of physical and emotional preparation. With performance at its core, training is based on the classical texts and the principles of drama as well as practical incursions into the contemporary and experimental edges of theater. Consequently, alumni are found performing onstage nationally and internationally and their talent and vision are recognized and highly regarded in the industry.

New World School of the Arts was created by the Florida Legislature as a center of excellence in the performing and visual arts. It is an educational partnership of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College and the University of Florida.

For information about New World School of the Arts please call 305-237-3135.

Photo ID:  (left to right) Idalmy Cacache and Tatyana-Marie Carlo.  Photo courtesy of NWSA by Gail Garrisan