When a small town relies on tourists flocking to its baths, will a report of dangerously polluted waters be enough to shut them down? Henrik Ibsen weighs the cost of public health versus a town's livelihood and skewers the complicity of the masses in his classic and still timely play.
Includes an interview about the Deepwater Horizon, man-made environmental disasters, climate change, and the state of the world's water supply with Joel K. Bourne Jr., former senior environment writer for National Geographic.
This play is part of L.A. Theatre Works' Relativity Series featuring science-themed plays. Lead funding for the Relativity Series is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, bridging science and the arts in the modern world.
Recorded before a live audience at the UCLA James Bridges Theater in April 2014.
Director: Martin Jarvis
Producing Director: Susan Albert Loewenberg
An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring:
Rosalind Ayres as Catherine Stockmann
Gregory Harrison as Peter Stockmann
Richard Kind as Dr. Thomas Stockmann
Alan Mandell as Morten Kiil
Jon Matthews as Billing
Alan Shearman as Captain Horster
Josh Stamberg as Hovstad
Emily Swallow as Petra
Tom Virtue as Aslaksen
With various roles played by: Sam Boeck, Julia Coulter, Jeff Gardner, William R. Hickman, Adam Mondschein
Associate Producers: Anna Lyse Erikson, Myke Weiskopf. Sound Designer, Recording and Mixing Engineer: Mark Holden for The Invisible Studios, West Hollywood. Sound Effects Artist: Jeff Gardner. Editor: Wes Dewberry.
"L.A. Theatre Works' 'radio theater' production of Ibsen's classic play about environmental contamination, science, dissent, and hypocrisy offers a well-rounded audio theater experience. Very little in Ibsen's original work requires theatrical action, and, when it does, the LATW cast - including Richard Kind, Rosalind Ayres, Gregory Harrison, and Josh Stamberg - and the production team do an excellent job of conveying it through sound. Like most dramatic works, the two-hour play is best enjoyed in one or two sittings. Ibsen's themes remain relevant, almost prescient, nearly a century and a half after he wrote this play." (AudioFile magazine)