Heartwood Regional Theater Company continues what has become a popular annual tradition of presenting a dramatic play during the month of January with a production of Henrik Ibsen’s “Enemy of the People.”

Sponsored by Cheney Insurance Agency and Newcastle Square Realty, this play will open Friday, Jan. 15 and will run for nine performances through Sunday, Jan. 31. Heartwood will once again transform the atrium of the downtown Skidompha Library into a uniquely-effective performance space.

Under the direction of Griff Braley, “Enemy of the People” will be Heartwood’s first drama of the 2009-2010 season, following successful runs of the musical “Once on This Island” and the holiday radio play “Merry Christmas, George Bailey.” This also will be the first production of the season to feature all three of Heartwood’s resident company actors.

Ibsen’s powerful and gripping play follows one man’s struggle to stand for truth, in the face of oppressive public opinion. When an idealistic small-town doctor discovers that the water supply for the spa on which the local economy depends is polluted, he quickly finds himself and his family condemned and silenced by angry town officials and residents who conspire to keep the news from being revealed.

The cast for “Enemy of the People” includes resident company members John D. Adams in the role of Dr. Stockmann, Dixie Weisman as his wife Katherine and Steven Shema as Alasken the printer. Kevin Kiley is the mayor of the town and the doctor’s brother; Peter Christine plays the ambitious newspaper editor Hovstad; a journalist named Billing will be portrayed by Bill Coombs; Samantha McGow plays the Stockmann’s daughter Petra; and Nick Buck, the Captain Horster.

“Enemy of the People” will be performed Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m and Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $12 for students, general admission. For reservations, contact Heartwood at 563-1373 or heartwoodrtc@roadrunner.com.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.