Heartwood Regional Theater Company’s production of Henrik Ibsen’s “Enemy of the People” grapples with age-old, yet timely conflicts as it depicts clashing forces in a small coastal town. The play, under the direction of Griff Braley, will open Friday, Jan. 15 and run nine performances through Sunday, Jan. 31 at the downtown Skidompha Library.

Who has the small town’s best interests at heart? The local doctor, who discovers a serious health threat in the water supply? His brother, the mayor, who does not want to risk the summer tourism on which the town’s economy depends? The idealistic newspaperman, who wants to shake things up with a sensational story? Or the respected community leader concerned about taxes?

Ibsen’s compelling drama addresses the frightening tendencies of the masses  to conform; and the hypocritical and corrupt nature of the political system that feeds it. This is a story of one brave man’s struggle to do the right thing and speak the truth in the face of oppressive public opinion. A top-notch cast of talented, veteran actors will bring Ibsen’s engaging and thought-provoking work to life.

“Enemy of the People” will be performed Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets are $20, $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.