"An Enemy of the People" Will Be Performed in Sibley Park
A traveling production has made its way to Mankato.
Known for their fun productions, Minneapolis based theater group Sod House joined forces with local talent to celebrate summer and community through the experience of live theater. Their bluegrass infused adaptation, of "An Enemy of the People," a classic play that examines how a community responds when a local doctor threatens to expose that the water it relies upon for tourism is being poisoned.
"It's a very tough message because it is very nuanced there's no bad guys there's one person who believes what they're doing is right and the other person who believes what they're doing is right and it's not a black-and-white situation and I think we need that there are no easy answers were this is bad this is good what do you do a situation like that," performer Daryl Hardlicka said.
The play is performed at site-specific locations that are important to the historical narrative of each community.
"We chose Mankato because we know there's water challenges all over the state but we saw that there were some challenges that were going on in the city of Mankato and so we decided that this might be a great place to tell our story. The whole first part of the play is about this incredible celebration of water and only in the last part of the play does the community really have to face this challenge wrestling with it," co-artistic director for Sod House Theater Luverne Seifert added.
The show runs again Tuesday night at 7 p.m. at Sibley Park. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children and seniors and can be purchased online at http://www.sodhousetheater.org/
--KEYC News 12