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Join WVRC for a Special Water-Themed Play - Friday, June 13th

posted Jun 10, 2014, 7:33 AM by Kathleen Tyner

In response to the January 2014 chemical spill, New Brooklyn Theater announces a new site-specific production of An Enemy of the People, Henrik Ibsen's classic play about poisoned water and poisoned politics. Performances will play on a custom-built, site-specific stage in the Kanawha River overlooking the West Virginia State Capitol at the Public Access Dock (Porters Hollow in Charleston, next to the Frontier Building, 1500 Maccorkle Ave SE).

Though written in 1882, this is a play for our time with special relevance for West Virginians as they try to chart their future in the wake of the chemical spill. An Enemy of the People tells the story of Thomas Stockmann, who discovers that the water in his town is polluted. Stockmann must find the strength to stand up to opposition from the press, civic leaders, and the local government. Along the way, he finds the crisis is more personal and complex than he had originally thought.

Each performance will include a post-performance talkback discussion between the audience, cast, and special invited guests, including elected officials, scientists, activists, and community leaders. West Virginia Rivers Coalition will be in attendance on Friday, June 13th, to answer questions and participate in the discussion. The production will provide a unique, arts-driven opportunity for public dialogue about the state's future.

Tickets to all performances are free to the public but must be booked online by visiting

See Below for Performance Dates and Times

Thur. Jun 12 7:30 pm | Fri. Jun 13 7:30 pm | Sat. Jun 14 7:30 pm | Sun. Jun 15 7:30 pm |
Thur. Jun 19 7:30 pm | Fri. Jun 20 7:30 pm | Sat. Jun 21 7:30 pm | Sun. Jun 22 7:30 pm |
Thur. Jun 26 7:30 pm | Fri. Jun 27 7:30 pm | Sat. Jun 28 7:30 pm | Sun. Jun 29 7:30 pm |