The Enemy

Nov 10-Dec 1
Tues @ 7pm | Wed – Fri @ 8pm | Sat @ 3pm & 8pm | Sun @ 3pm | Wed @ 1pm PWYC (Nov 14, 21, 28)


In this contemporary interpretation of Henrik Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People, a female Dr. Stockman discovers contamination in the community’s water source and is branded an enemy and accused of destroying the local economy. Economic benefits vs. Community health and well-being.  Who is the enemy?

Adapted by Donna Spencer

Approximate runtime: 2 hours, 15 minutes (including one 15 minute intermission)


JENN GRIFFIN | Dr. Stockman

Originally from Edmonton, Alberta, Jenn is a Vancouver based actor and playwright. Jenn made her Vancouver theatrical debut at The Firehall in 1989 and she is thrilled to be back where it all began in Donna Spencer’s “The Enemy.” Recent acting credits include: the role of “Jean” in The Arts Club production of “Good People,” and the role of “Jess” in Neil Labute’s “A Second of Pleasure,” for “Take 5” at The Cultch and most recently appeared in the ensemble cast of Theatre Conspiracy’s “Victim Impact,” by Tim Carlson, also at The Cultch. Jenn has been honored with several Jessie Richardson Theatre nominations/wins for writing and performing. She has also works as an actor in film and television and was recently nominated for a Leo award as “Maeve,” in Marshall Axani’s feature, “The Cannon.” Jenn dedicates her performance to her late mother, Hilda and to environmental activists everywhere.

PAUL HERBERT | Mayor Stockman 

This is Paul’s first production with The Firehall Arts Centre. Other theatre credits include: “The Day Before Christmas” (The Arts Club); “The Dark Road” (Ensemble Theatre Company); “City of Angels” (The Pit Collective); “The Train Driver” (United Players); “Flare Path” (Slamming Door Collective); “The Last of The Red Hot Lovers” (The Red Hot Collective); “The North Plan” (Up in the Air Theatre) Jessie nomination best supporting actor; “The Black Bonspiel of Wullie MaCrimmon” (Theatre Northwest) Film and TV credits include: “Valley of the Boom,” “Supergirl,” “DC Legends of Tomorrow,” “Hit The Road,” “Hiccups,” “The Interview,” “The Killing,” “Supernatural.”


A graduate of the University of Michigan and the Dell’Arte School of Physical theatre, Peter’s delighted to be back at the Firehall after many years. Recent credits include The Society for the Destitute Presents Titus Bouffonius (Jessie award for ensemble), Butcher (Jessie nomination Best Actor) both at the Cultch, and his farce Law of the Land at the Caravan Farm Theatre last summer.  Other favorite credits include The Overcoat and The Number 14.  Upcoming: The Coyotes, his 1978 dystopian comedy about a world-wide water shortage, will be produced at the Caravan Farm Theatre in August 2019.  Peter would like to dedicate his performance to his friend, the late great David Petersen.

DANIEL ARNOLD | Howie Hockstead

Previously at the Firehall: Little One (Alley Theatre) and Einstein’s Gift. Other performances: Venus in Fur (Golden Apple), High Society, Beauty & the Beast and Poster Boys (Jessie nomination, Arts Club); The Romeo Initiative and Influence (Touchstone Theatre), Tideline (Jessie nomination, Touchstone/Neworld), How to Write a New Book for the Bible (Pacific Theatre); Sylvia and Summer of my Amazing Luck (Gateway); Betrayal, A Christmas Carol and Mary’s Wedding (Western Canada Theatre); Death of a Salesman (Vancouver Playhouse); Triumph of Love (Blackbird), and numerous shows in Edmonton and Calgary. Daniel is also a co-producer with Alley Theatre, for which he has performed in The Ridiculous Darkness, Little One, Mrs. Warren’s Profession and TAPE (Jessie nomination). He co-wrote and performed Tuesdays & Sundays and Any Night with Medina Hahn, both of which were published and toured nationally and internationally, locally garnering three Jessie nominations each. Daniel also does film and television and co-wrote and starred in the feature film version of Lawrence & Holloman. He is a graduate of the UofA’s BFA Acting program.


Sharon is excited to be back at The Firehall after appearing in last season’s Shit as Bob. Recently you may have seen her in As You Like It and Lysistrata (Bard on the Beach) and Satellite(s) (Solo Collective). You can catch her next in Matilda the Musical (Royal Winnipeg, Citadel, Arts Club) as well as in your living rooms in The Package (Netflix) and Christmas on Holly Lane (on demand). Thank you to Donna for this opportunity and lots of love to Lucas and Sam. Enjoy the show.


BRAIDEN HOULE | William Billings

Braiden is excited and honoured to be apart of this production of The Enemy. He is Dakota and Anishinaabe from Treaty 1 Territory of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Selected credits include: Kill Me Now (Touchstone Theatre), Kill Me Now (Manitoba Theatre Centre/National Arts Centre), Only Drunks and Children Tell The Truth (Firehall Arts Centre), Camera Obscura (the frank theatre company), The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (Manitoba Theatre for Young People), TH’OWXIYA: The Hungry Feast Dish (Axis Theatre), Redpatch (Hardline Productions), Romeo & Juliet (Studio 58), Angels In America Part 1: Millennium Approaches (Studio 58), Madame Bovary (Studio 58/ Animal Parts Theatre), The Classroom (Studio 58), Jumping Mouse (Urban Indigenous Theatre Company), Little Red Riding Hood (Urban Indigenous Theatre Company), Wings of Darkness (Urban Indigenous Theatre Company). He is a graduate of Studio 58.

MICHAEL SCHOLAR JR. | David Horseman

Michael is an award winning actor, director, writer and producer who recently moved back to Vancouver after getting his MFA in directing from Columbia University in NY, under visionary director Anne Bogart.  He is the Artistic Director of November Theatre, who toured The Black Rider across North America for a decade (including a Jessie Award winning run presented by the PuSh Festival and the Arts Club Theatre).  Favourite BC acting credits include: Th’owxiya (Axis Theatre); Alice Munro Stories (Belfry Theatre); Green Lake (Solo Collective); Macbeth (Theatre Conspiracy); Little Mercy’s First Murder (Touchstone Theatre); Tideline (Neworld Theatre / Touchstone / Jessie Nomination); Taming of the Shrew (Jessie Nomination), Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet (Bard on the Beach); Cloud Tectonics (Vancouver Playhouse / Pi Theatre); and Hard Core Logo: LIVE (November Theatre / PuSh Festival).  Michael would like to thank his wife Carrie and daughter Alice who both know the truth about our water.

DONNA SOARES | Alexis Allen

While delving into this show about our waters, Donna has been grateful to work on the ancestral and traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples. Some of her recent credits include: King of the Yees (Gateway, NAC), The Drowning Girls (Vertigo), Green Lake (Solo Collective), Cock (Rumble), Benefit (Downstage), and Cinderella: An East Van Panto (Theatre Replacement). A long-ago credit includes Firehall’s Urinetown. Donna is happy to be back on the Firehall stage. Next up, she returns to the waters with Raven Spirit Dance’s Salmon Girl, presented by Carousel Theatre. Donna is a graduate of Studio 58 and holds a double major in Theatre and French from UBC

AGNES TONG | Petra Kell

Agnes Tong is an actress and dancer based in Vancouver. A graduate of Studio 58, some recent theatre credits include: The Ones We Leave Behind (The Cultch), Les Belles-Soeurs (Gateway Theatre), Kim’s Convenience (Chemainus Theatre), I lost my husband (Gateway Theatre), King Charles III (Arts Club Theatre), And Bella Sang with Us (Firehall Arts Center), 4000 Miles (Arts Club Theatre), and Sleeping Beauty (Globe Theatre).  Film/TV credits: The Romeo Section, Abducted Love, Garage Sale Mystery, Untold Stories of the ER, Shuttlecock, Skin to Skin, and Final Wishes.  You can next catch Agnes in The Shoplifters, The Great Leap (Arts Club Theatre), and the indie-feature Miss HK.

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