The University of Minnesota Duluth won two national awards for its production of "An Enemy of the People," directed by Tom Isbell, from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, the university announced Wednesday.
The production's honors included Distinguished Production of a Play and Distinguished Director of a Play. UMD Theatre has been a part of the regional competition for the past 30 years. "An Enemy of the People" played in the Dudley Experimental Theater in November and advanced to the Region 5 competition in January.
Isbell's adaptation took the five-act play to a single 85-minute piece without an intermission, according to a review in the News Tribune.
"As relevant today as it was when playwright Henrik Ibsen wrote it in 1882, UMD's production … reverberates with issues ripped from the headlines: political corruption, moral bankruptcy, environmental crisis, the role of the whistleblower and the need for a free press," Sheryl Jensen wrote in her critique.