MBinRep presents two strikingly different plays, connected by theme

By Steve KiddMBREP_Poster-01
middle and upper school drama instructor

We believe MBinRep to be unique. Tackling not one BUT TWO full length plays, we have been stretching our muscles and capacity to offer the most to all after school theater students.  Some members of our acting company will appear in both plays, while others have taken on tech jobs and other responsibilities in addition to their roles on stage.  Our students – both actors and techies – have worked very hard to produce these two very different productions and their efforts will culminate over the next two weeks.

Our two plays could not be more different in style and setting.

 La bête (“the beast” or “the fool”) is a contemporary comedy while Enemy of the People is a classic drama.
La bête is set in the spirit and style of Moliere’s 17th Century France, while Miller’s adaptation of Ibsen’s classic is set in 1950’s American-influenced-Norway.  La bête is a farce written in rhyming iambic pentameter and Enemy’s language was written to connect realistically to Ibsen’s audience in the late 19th century, and later adapted by Miller to make it “as alive to Americans as it undoubtedly was to Norwegians.”

Despite their vast differences, both share a very similar thematic aim: to examine the individuals’ passionate and daring pursuit for truth and integrity amidst opposition from figures of authority and the public. Enemy’s protagonist Dr. Stockman seeks truth and public understanding through science, while Elomire in La bête seeks similar recognition and social change through Art; and both meet similar fates.

STOCKMAN:

The majority is never right until it does right.
It’s always the same, rights are sacred until it hurts for someone to use them.

ELOMIRE:

With every day the peril is increased
Of yielding to this treacherous misrule
For fools contain inside of them a beast
That triumphs when the world is made a fool!

An Enemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen
Showtimes: Friday, Nov. 7 at 7:00 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 9 at 2:00 p.m.; and Friday, Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m.

La Bete by David Hirson
Showtimes: Saturday, Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, Nov. 13 at 7:00 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m.

Student tickets are $5 for one show, $8 for both. Adult tickets are $8 or $10, for both. Get them at the bookstore or at the door.

 

 

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