Produced in New York and with great success by the Repertory Theatre of Lincoln Center.
A small Norwegian town has just begun to win fame and wealth through its
medicinal spring waters. Dr. Stockmann, resident physician in charge,
discovers that the waters are poisoned. On receiving proof of this, he
immediately reports to his associates, but is shocked to find that
instead of being thanked, he is looked upon as a dangerous crank,
motivated by a desire to prove that his fellow townsmen are wrong, and
to bring ruin upon them. As the people who run the local paper do their
utmost to urge secrecy and compromise, the determined doctor realizes
that the honesty and idealism he has counted upon to make the truth
prevail, simply does not exist in the face of selfish "practical"
interests. The press will not report his findings; the officials refuse
to give him a hearing; he loses his position and the townspeople boycott
him; and every weapon of blackmail, slander, and eviction are brought
against his family. At the end, the townspeople, gathered around the
doctor's home, throw stones through the windows. Stockmann addresses his
family: "But remember now, everybody, you are fighting for the truth
and that is why you're alone. And that makes you strong."
"It flames out of a fiery spirit…Mr. Miller's adaptation…is compact, idiomatic, and eminently actable, and it also preserves Ibsen's moral point of view." —NY Times