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Public Library Hosts Info Sessions for An Enemy of the People

If you’ve been driving around the Mount Vernon Public Square in the past
week, listened to WMVO radio, attended Mount Vernon Arts Consortium’s showcase or
browsed upcoming events on the Public Library’s calendar, chances are you’ve seen or heard
something about An Enemy of the People: A Theater Project From America’s Hometown. Unlike
traditional theater performances, Theater of War Productions offers an immersive experience in
which the audience is encouraged to engage in the action onstage by rooting for their heroes,
heckling villains, and — most importantly— by participating in the post-play discussion about
what resonates with them, and find common ground.
The Library is hosting info sessions across Knox County on March 25 and 25 with Bryan
Doerries, Artistic Director of Theater of War Productions. The info sessions give area residents a
chance to talk with Doerries about how theater facilitates conversations, his history working with
Veterans, what an Henrik Ibsen play from 1892 offers contemporary audiences, and his
longstanding ties to the Knox County community.
Doerries is a 1998 graduate of Kenyon College who hails from southern Virginia and now lives
in New York City. However, he has long been interested in Knox County and the broader
community— an interest that began in his days as a student. “Bryan and I were classmates at
Kenyon,” says Library Deputy Director Jamie Lyn Smith-Fletcher. “I’m from Centerburg, and
eagerly took my friends on excursions to my favorite local places. Bryan’s interest in the
communities in Knox County ran deep even then…he was always drawing people into long
conversations at places like Ike’s Diner, Honey Run waterfall, the Tomato Show, and Flappers.
His curiosity makes him such a great storyteller, and I’m really pleased the Library could bring
Theater of War Productions to Mount Vernon and Gambier.”
Info sessions are scheduled as follows:

● The Main Library hosts “Coffee Hour with the Artists” from 9:30 am-10:30 am. Join us
for a conversation with Theater of War Productions Artistic Director Bryan Doerries and
The Honorable Matt Starr. The artists will chat informally with attendees about their past
and present collaborations, what it’s like for The Mayor to play The Mayor, and what An
Enemy of the People is all about. Complimentary coffee and donuts will be served.
● Fredericktown Community Library hosts “Lunch and Learn: All About An Enemy of
the People: A Theater Project from America’s Hometown” from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm.
Complimentary box lunches will be served to attendees who preregister by Wednesday,
March 20th at 5:00pm. Click here to register for a box lunch. Fredericktown Community
Library is located at 1 Burgett Drive in Fredericktown. Anyone who wishes to bring a
brown-bag lunch is also welcome to join the conversation.
● Happy Bean Coffee Shop Meet and Greet: Stop by Happy Bean Coffee Shop from 5:30-
6:30pm for coffee and conversation with Theater of War Productions Artistic Director
Bryan Doerries. Complimentary coffee, tea, and light refreshments will be available for
attendees. Happy Bean is located at 221 S Main Street in Mt Vernon.
● Kenyon College Bookstore welcomes Bryan Doerries (K’98) Artistic Director of
Theater of War Productions for a conversation about his upcoming production of An
Enemy of the People. Join us from 11:15 am-12:00 noon at the Kenyon College
Bookstore, 106 Gaskin Avenue, Gambier.
● The Annex, Gund Gallery’s new downtown space for art will host an informal meetup
about An Enemy of the People from 3:00pm-4:00pm. The Annex is located at 12 East
Gambier Street in Mount Vernon. Complimentary coffee and snacks will be served. All
As with all Library events, these programs are free and open to the public, but advance
registration is required for the Lunch and Learn program at Fredericktown Community Library.
Visit by 5:00 pm on Wednesday, March 20 to sign up for a
box lunch.
An Enemy of the People: A Theater Project from America’s Hometown is made possible with
generous support from Kenyon College Office for Community Partnerships, Ohio Arts Council,
Mount Vernon Arts Consortium, the National Endowment for the Arts, an LSTA Competitive
Grant and the Kenyon College Bicentennial fund. Performances of An Enemy of the People: A
Theater Project from America’s Hometown are free, but advance registration is required. For
tickets, visit or call (740) 462-4ART. Zoom attendees may
register at The Library has contracted with local transportation
companies to offer a limited number of door-to-door shuttles for person interested in attending

performances. Transportation vouchers will be provided on a first-come, first served basis until
capacity is reached. To arrange a ride, please contact, or call (740) 392-
BOOK ext. 259 by Monday, March 25th at 5:00pm. For more information about An Enemy of
the People and other Library programs, visit

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