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Truth, Honor, Lies, and Politics

September 19, 2016 – by Cole Hatcher

Ohio Wesleyan’s production of ‘An Enemy of the People’ features, from left, students Sarah Gielink as Petra, Josh Martin as Dr. Thomas Stockmann, and Daniel Haygood as Mayor Peter Stockmann. The play will run for four performances Oct. 6 through Oct. 9. (Photo by Denecia Young)

Ohio Wesleyan’s Theatre & Dance Department to Present ‘An Enemy of the People’

DELAWARE, Ohio – One man becomes “An Enemy of the People” in Henrik Ibsen’s classic play, standing alone against a town filled with ambition and greed when toxins in the water threaten the community’s money-making tourist trade.

Ohio Wesleyan University’s Department of Theatre & Dance will present four performances of this engrossing drama, filled with issues of personal and social ethics, political ambitions, and sibling rivalry.

More than 50 OWU students are participating in the October production. “An Enemy of the People” is directed by professor Elane Denny-Todd and features scenic design by professor D. Glen Vanderbilt Jr., lighting design by Sarah Shulman, and costume design by Donna Williamson.

The play stars freshman Josh Martin of Apex, North Carolina, as Dr. Thomas Stockmann; junior Daniel Haygood of Quincy, California, as Mayor Peter Stockmann; and Sarah Gielink of Twinsburg, Ohio, as Petra.

In addition to “An Enemy of the People,” Ibsen is the playwright of “A Doll’s House,” “Ghosts,” and “Hedda Gabler,” among others. Author James Joyce once wrote that Ibsen’s work “has provoked more discussion and criticism than of any other living man.”

Performances of “An Enemy of the People” will begin at 8 p.m. Oct. 6, 7, and 8, with a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. Oct. 9. All shows will be held inside OWU’s Chappelear Drama Center, 45 Rowland Ave., Delaware, on the university campus.

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for senior citizens, Ohio Wesleyan employees, and non-Ohio Wesleyan students. Admission is free for Ohio Wesleyan students with a valid OWU ID. To reserve tickets, call the box office at (740) 368-3855. For more information, visit www.owu.edu/TheatreAndDance.


Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts universities. Located in Delaware, Ohio, the private university offers nearly 90 undergraduate majors and competes in 23 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Through Ohio Wesleyan’s signature OWU Connection program, students integrate knowledge across disciplines, build a diverse and global perspective, and apply their knowledge in real-world settings. Ohio Wesleyan is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” listed on the latest President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction, and included in the U.S. News & World Report and Princeton Review “best colleges” lists. Learn more at www.owu.edu.