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FACTS BEHIND THE PLAYS
 
T W O  P U B L I C  E N E M I E S
 
It is an interesting and remarkable coincidence that the protagonist in each of the two plays in this presentation was accused of being "an enemy of society."

These two plays carry an ongoing relevance that continues to our time.
 
Torchlight Theatre AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE was written by Henrik Ibsen in 1882 in Norway. In 1950 Arthur Miller wrote not a translation of it, but his own adaptation, — with this comment: "I believed this play could be alive for us now, because its central theme is, in my opinion, the central theme of our social life today."

It was more than an adaptation according to playwright John Guare; it was Miller's version. And yet Miller didn't Americanize the play or update it to our time. He kept the story set in Ibsen's 19th century Norway, believing it was relevant for our time as well. In a quiet Norwegian town, a disagreement grows into a titanic, public struggle, the kind of unjust conflict that has happened before — and could happen again — anywhere.
 
Torchlight Theatre GALILEO was written by the twentieth-century German playwright and director Bertolt Brecht in the 1930s.

Paul Condylis previously directed and starred in "Galileo" before audiences of astronomers and astrophysicists, including several Nobel prize-winners, in full-cast, concert performances sponsored by The Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum of Chicago. Some scientists in the audience commented they found Galileo's plight of hostility toward his views similar to the critical opposition and prejudice against their own scientific pursuits in the present such as the search for extraterrestrial intelligence.
 
 
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