Branden Jacobs-Jenkins to Adapt 'Enemy of the People' for Broadway

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Branden Jacobs-Jenkins

The MacArthur Genius Fellow will debut a new English adaptation of the classic Ibsen drama, directed by Thomas Ostermeier.

A new staging of Henrik Ibsen's An Enemy of the People is bound for Broadway.

MacArthur Genius fellow Branden Jacobs-Jenkins has penned the English adaptation, which will debut next season at a theater to be announced. The staging will be based on the acclaimed Schaubühne production adapted by Florian Borchmeyer and Thomas Ostermeier, which first premiered in Berlin and has since played in Brooklyn, Buenos Aires, Copenhagen, Istanbul, London, Melbourne, Oslo, Paris, Seoul and Venice.

Produced by David Binder and directed by Ostermeier, Enemy of the People is a dark satire studded with contemporary music references. It centers on a town with contaminated drinking water, whose civic leaders are more concerned with protecting its tourism industry than the health of its citizens.

Originally written in 1882, the play was previously adapted by Arthur Miller in 1950. Steve McQueen starred in a 1978 film adaptation directed by George Schaefer.

The upcoming production marks the Broadway debut for Jacobs-Jenkins, a rising-star playwright who has gained attention in recent seasons with works including Gloria, Everybody, Appropriate, An Octoroon and War.