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Branden Jacobs-Jenkins to Make Broadway Debut With Ibsen's Enemy of the People

The production will be directed by Thomas Ostermeier.

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins will make his Broadway debut with An Enemy of the People.
(© David Gordon)

Playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins will make his Broadway debut in the 2017-18 season with a new English adaptation of Ibsen's An Enemy of the People. Directed by Thomas Ostermeier, the work was first presented at Germany's Schaubühne, and later ran at Brooklyn Academy of Music, as well as London's Barbican Centre, with additional engagements all over the world.

Jacobs-Jenkins, whose plays include Gloria and Everybody, adapts the translation of Ibsen's drama by Florian Borchmeyer and director Ostermeier. Casting, dates, design team, and theater will be announced. David Binder will produce.

In An Enemy of the People, the drinking water of a city is contaminated, but there's a tourism industry to protect. Studded with contemporary music references, Ostermeier's production brings Ibsen's dark satire to a boil — and, with help from the people, a solitary whistleblower to his knees.