Fairfield University's resident production company, Theatre Fairfield, will open its 2012-13 theatrical season with the political drama "An Enemy of the People.

Performances will take place at 8 p.m. from Wednesday, Oct. 31, through Saturday, Nov. 3, and at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, and Sunday, Nov. 4, in the Wein Black Box Theatre in the school's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts, 1073 N. Benson Road.

Talkbacks will follow the Thursday and Friday evening performances of the play, written by 19th-century Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen and translated by Richard Nelson.

The drama, directed by Tom Schwans, explores what happens when a doctor discovers the town's water supply is polluted, and he believes that his findings will turn him into a hero, according to a release.

Instead, local businessmen, politicians, and family turn against him in an attempt to silence him.

The cast consists of students Ryan Champlin as Dr. Stockmann; Josh Matteo as Peter Stockmann; Ashley Ruggiero as Katherine Stockmann; Margret Greene as Petra Stockmann; Michael Maio as Morten Kiil; Brendan Freeman as Hovstad; Lauren Sippen as Billing; Franco Luzzi as Aslaksen; and Owen Corey as Captain Horster.

The ensemble includes students LeighAnn Albanese, Alec Bandzes; Mary Corigliano; Alex Mongillo, Patrick Phillips and Joe Plouffe.

The design team features scenic design by Fairfield alumni James Burns Jr., lighting design by Lynne Chase and costume design by Julie Leavitt. The stage is managed by students Katie Premus and Jenny Dressel.

The production will be presented in conjunction with the university's themed Cities project to promote interdisciplinary learning through a campus-wide conversation and bring attention to community issues.

Tickets are $12 general admission, $6 seniors and university staff, and $5 students.

For information, call the Quick Center Box Office at 203-254-4010.