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[University of Wisconsin-Green Bay News Release]

For Immediate Release:

February 20, 2008

Ibsen play at UW-Green Bay 'could have been written today'

Students Suzi Lindner, Josh Weishaar and Andrea Aldrich star in play, An Enemy of the People.

GREEN BAY-Henrik Ibsen's play, "An Enemy of the People" scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 29 and March 1, and Wednesday through Friday, March 5 - 7 in University Theater at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is so relevant "it could have been written today," says director Laura Riddle of the UW-Green Bay Theater faculty.

The play explores the story of a doctor who discovers bacteria in the town's water supply. Central issues include the role of a free press in society, human impact on the environment, and ethical choices and decisions affecting the environment and society. Says Riddle, "Ibsen raised questions of class, bureaucracy, democracy and the manner in which truth can be a matter of perspective."

The adaptation being presented at UW-Green Bay was written for American actors and audiences by American playwright Arthur Miller. "The language is more contemporary but the passion for the ideas in Ibsen's original are as strong as ever," Riddle adds.

"An Enemy of the People" is the UW-Green Bay Theater Department's "classic" play choice for the season.

In addition to Riddle, UW-Green Bay faculty members with credits for the production include Jeffrey Entwistle, scenic design; Kaoime Malloy, costume design; and Mike Ingraham, sound design.

Tickets are $14 in advance and $17 at the door for adults; $11 in advance and $14 at the door for seniors and those under age 18; and $9 for UW-Green Bay students. The numbers for tickets are (920) 465-2217 or (800) 328-8587.

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Complete credits for "An Enemy of the People" include:

Andrea Aldrich, Kaukauna, portrays Petra Stockmann. A senior theater major, Aldrich previously appeared on the UW-Green Bay stage in "Five by Tenn." She also has had roles in productions at UW-Whitewater and with Riverside Players in Neenah.

Jessica Breest, Jackson, has the role of Tora. She was a member of the chorus of the musical "Urinetown" earlier this year and previously sang in a production of "Aida" at UW-Stevens Point. She was active in high school theater. Breest is a junior majoring in theater with a special interest in musical theater.

Natalie Bridenhagen, Green Bay, is Hans. A sophomore, she previously performed in the musicals, "Chicago" and "Urinetown," as well as "Brighton Beach Memoirs" and the student-directed "My First Love: LLRH." She is a sophomore theater major.

Alyse Delie, Green Bay, portrays Hedvig. A theater major, she performed earlier this year in "Urinetown." She is a sophomore.

Matt Fayfer, Greenville, has the role of Peter Stockmann. His stage appearances at UW-Green Bay this year have included "Five by Tenn," "Brighton Beach Memoirs," and "Urinetown." Fayfer is a senior completing majors in theater and psychology. He is active in the student Alternate Theater organization.

Alex Foseid, Cross Plains, is an assistant stage manager. A sophomore, he is pursuing majors in human biology, communication and the arts, and theater. He has had technical responsibilities on several UW-Green Bay productions.

Doug Heiar, Berlin, has the role of Nansen. A December 2007 graduate of the Theater program, he has a long list of credits in UW-Green Bay productions, most recently including "A Dream Play," "Brighton Beach Memoirs," and "Five by Tenn." He also has experience in community theater.

Cody Heil, Edgar, portrays a drunk. A junior, his UW-Green Bay stage credits include "Chicago," and "A Dream Play," and he appeared in productions at UW-Marathon County. He is pursuing a theater major. Heil's activities include participation in the Alternate Theater organization.

Paul Heim, Appleton, is the character Edvard. A senior, he expects to graduate in May. Heim has a long list of technical credits in UW-Green Bay productions. He won individual Awards of Merit for his sound designs for "Five by Tenn" and "A Dream Play" at the regional American College Theater Festival in January.

Ivan A. Jones, Stillwater, Minn., is the lighting designer. A senior, Jones has served as lighting designer, sound designer, lead spot operator and master electrician on various UW-Green Bay productions. He also has worked at the Utah Shakespeare Festival. He is a theater major and serves as an officer of Alternate Theater.

Richard J. Kenny III, Germantown, is the properties designer. He was stage manager for "A Dream Play," and served as sound designer for main stage productions "Chicago" and "Urinetown," and student-directed "My First Love: LRRH." A senior theater major, he is president of the Alternate Theater organization.

Molly Le Captain, New Franken, has the role of Mrs. Anderson. Le Captain had a role in the UW-Green Bay musical "Urinetown" and performs in Opera Studio, choral groups, and Vocal Jazz Ensemble at UW-Green Bay. She is a sophomore pursuing a major in theater with a special interest in musical theater.

Suzi Lindner, Rio, portrays Catherine Stockmann. A junior, her UW-Green Bay stage credits date to 2005. Most recently she performed in the musical, "Urinetown." Her activities include participation in the student Alternate Theater organization and performing with an area band. She is a theater major with interests in musical theater.

Zach McLain, Fence, has the role of Morton Kiil. McLain has a long list of credits on the UW-Green Bay stage, and has received multiple invitations to compete in the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship competition at the annual regional American College Theater Festival based on his performances. Most recently, he was selected to compete for his work in "Five by Tenn." A senior, he is a theater major.

Niko Meurett, Neillsville, portrays Henrik. He is a sophomore theater major. Meurett performed in the UW-Green Bay production of "Five by Tenn," and has experience in radio commercials. He is active in WGBW campus radio.

Neil Montour, Sherwood, is technical director. A senior theater major, he has a long list of credits for various technical responsibilities in UW-Green Bay productions. He is active in the Alternate Theater organization.

Max Papadopoulos, Green Bay, has the role of Ejlif Stockmann. He is 11 and attends Red Smith School. Papadopoulos had a role in a middle school production of "Bugsy Malone."

Emily Rippl, Appleton, portrays Finn. Rippl first appeared on the UW-Green Bay stage earlier this season in "A Dream Play." She is a sophomore pursuing a major in theater.

Mike Rock, Kaukauna, is associate scenic designer. A junior, he is pursuing studies in design aspects of theater. His credits on UW-Green Bay productions include lighting designer, assistant lighting designer, master electrician and automation specialist.

Derek Sklenar, Prairie du Chien, has the role of Billing. A sophomore, he first appeared on the UW-Green Bay stage in "A Dream Play." He is focusing his studies on theater and arts management.

Jason Szmanda, East Troy, portrays Hovstad. His previous UW-Green Bay main stage appearances were in "Chicago" and "Urinetown," and he has experience in community theater productions. A sophomore, he is pursuing majors in theater and psychology.

Erin Torkelson, Appleton, is the stage manager. Torkelson has been assistant stage manager for several previous UW-Green Bay stage productions, and has served on the deck crew and wardrobe crew on others. Torkelson also has professional experience including serving as a stitcher with the Utah Shakespeare Festival. She is a junior majoring in technical theater.

Alison Tyler, Stoughton, has the role of Morton Stockmann. A freshman, Tyler first appeared on the UW-Green Bay stage in "A Dream Play." She has appeared in productions with StageWorks and Open Spaces Theater Co., in her hometown. Tyler is working toward a major in theater.

Joshua Weishaar, Westfield, portrays Dr. Thomas Stockmann. His UW-Green Bay theater credits include "Five by Tenn," "Brighton Beach Memoirs," and "A Dream Play," and he has been active in community theater. Weishaar is a junior majoring in theater.

Brittni Werner, Edgar, is an assistant stage manager. A freshman, she has worked on props for two previous UW-Green Bay main stage productions and a student-directed play, Werner has a list of various credits with Wausau Community Theatre. She is working toward a major in theater with an emphasis on technical design.

Donald N. Yarbrough, Green Bay, has the role of Captain Forster. A music major with an emphasis in performance, he previously appeared in the musical, "Urinetown." Yarbrough is a sophomore.

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