Richard Rose’s production of An Enemy of the People is running at Tarragon in Toronto right now. I managed to catch it as I was in town for a workshop. This production is based on another production directed by Thomas Ostermeier that’s toured around a bit, but not to Canada. The most thrilling part of the production is the town hall section where the audience joins the debate. The night I attended, the audience was literally chomping at the bit, to have their say. It was like they knew their role and then relished it.
The play we were workshopping was Daniel MacIvor’s Cake and Dirt, also at the Tarragon in February 2015. Watching the season opener I was thrilled by how political it felt, and am anticipating MacIvor’s play inspiring more such conversation.