Sod House Theater presents: Henrik Ibsen's 'An Enemy of the People': A bluegrass infused adaptation
Sod House Theater of Minneapolis visited Hallock a few months before the production, to get to know the town and the people. They held a free general acting workshop, as well as an information session and call for actors, musicians, and volunteers to participate in the performance. They then created and performed a site-specific performance using locals for almost all of the production.
We distributed evaluation forms after the final program. Due to the community centric nature of this production, we hoped that this program would both introduce patrons to a new art form and also help them connect with their community. We also hoped that patrons would have increased interest in theater and/or performance art. Lastly, we wanted them to enjoy the play!
81% of respondents said that this program introduced them to a new art form, and helped them feel connected to their community. 74% said that this program helped them to enjoy their library and community. 75% said that this program increased their interest in theater and/or performance art. 96% said that they would attend a similar program in the future. Public comments included, 'great way to involve the community- please- more!' and the librarian commented, 'Because of people seeing the production, people come in to the library wanting to research the author and the play. Lots of library traffic was generated from interest in a controversial play.'
Volunteers helped set up and clean up. The hall was provided free of charge and two local businesses donated gift certificates.