Paragon Springs

By Steven Dietz

Directed by Meghan Randolph

Based on Ibsen's An Enemy of the People, it takes place in 1926 in the American heartland. The famed "healing waters" of Paragon Springs, Wisconsin have been mysteriously poisoned. Now, the town's foremost citizen-crusader, Dr. Thomas Stockman, is determined to know the truth behind this tragedy, no matter the cost.
In this vibrant, often funny, and highly theatrical re-imagining of Ibsen's classic, Steven Dietz puts the lure of capitalism and the greed of small-town self-interest squarely on trial—laced with Dr. Stockman's lasting cry that "the majority is always wrong!" This is an entertaining and illuminating drama—set amid the birth of radio and the final roar of the 1920s—about the human cost of our political gamesmanship.

Produced by Strollers Theatre at Bartell Theater's Drury Stage, 113 E. Mifflin St. , Madison

Performances: September 14 - October 6, 2012

Performance Times:
Fridays and Saturdays - 8:00pm
Thursdays - 7:30pm
Saturday Matinees, September 22 and 29 - 4:00pm

Ticket Prices: $20, $15 for Strollers Theatre Members, Seniors & Students. Visit Strollers web site for info on how to become a member.

Call (608) 661-9696 ext. 2 for reservations or more information.

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Auditions will be held on the following days:


Auditions will be Friday, July 13 6:30-9:00 PM and Saturday, July 14 10:00 AM until noon at the Goodman Community Center, 149 Waubesa St., Madison, WI 53704. Parking is available in back of building.

For recommended monologues and character breakdowns contact co-producer Phil Klein at or call 608-445-0579.

Dr. Thomas Stockman, Chief Medical Officer
Katrina Stockman, his wife
Lorna Stockman, their daughter
Peter Stockman, Thomas elder brother – a banker and the Mayor
Erik Hovstad, newspaper editor
Lars Hovstad, Erik’s brother and Lorna’s fiancé
Odegaard, printer and bootlegger
Widow Kroger, tannery owner and Katrina’s stepmother – eccentric
Hollis Lindgren, handyman
Rose Lindgren, his wife.