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Commonweal Theatre Company announces 14th annual Ibsen Festival


Fri, Mar 25th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

The Commonweal Theatre Company announces its 14th Annual Ibsen Festival April 15-17, 2011, in downtown Lanesboro. Named for the acclaimed "Father of Modern Drama," the Festival is a celebration of Scandinavian theatre, visual art, music and dance, centered around the opening of Commonweal's annual Ibsen production. This yearly gathering of artists and craftsmen was honored in 2008 by the Norwegian Government, who awarded the Commonweal Theatre one of only four inaugural International Ibsen Scholarships in recognition of its ongoing commitment to producing the works of one of the world's premiere playwrights.

The highlight of the Festival is the opening of Commonweal Theatre's annual Ibsen production with performances Friday, April 15th and Saturday, April 16th at 7:30 pm, and Sunday, April 17th at 1:30 pm. This year, the theatre will present An Enemy of the People, one of Ibsen's most politically-charged plays, written in 1882 and first produced by the Commonweal in 2001. Newly discovered health springs offer prosperity to a small town, until a local doctor realizes the waters are dangerously polluted. How far will a community go to turn a blind eye when the truth will bring about their personal ruin? Commonweal's 2011 production is directed by resident artist Scott Dixon and features a cast of David Coral, Laura Depta, David Hennessey, Irene ErkenBrack, Arthur Moss, Stan Peal, Tim Sailer, and Jerome Yorke.

The script for An Enemy of the People has been adapted by Minnesota playwright Jeffrey Hatcher, whose credits include Compleat Female Stage Beauty, Scotland Road and Three Viewings, and adaptations of Jean Anouilh's To Fool the Eye and Henry James' Turn of the Screw, also produced by the Commonweal Theatre in 2006 and 2010 respectively. This is the second Ibsen adaptation created for the Commonweal by Mr. Hatcher as part of a series of new versions of Ibsen's plays developed for the American stage, beginning with last season's John Gabriel Borkman and slated to continue through 2014 with new imaginings of The Pillars of Society, A Doll's House, and Brand. Mr. Hatcher will be in attendance at the Ibsen Festival to sign copies of his adaptation and participate in a panel discussion with Commonweal's interim executive director Hal Cropp and director Scott Dixon.

The Ibsen Festival offers events and presentations throughout the weekend to satisfy a variety of interests. Guests may attend lectures, film presentations, musical concert .....
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Annual barn dance in Lanesboro

Fri, Mar 18th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

The Lanesboro Barn Dance begins its seventeenth season on Saturday, March 26. Guest caller Corey Mohan from St. Paul will lead dancers through old time square dances and big circles. These dances will be taught before dancing them, so no experience ..... 
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Commonweal Theatre's educational programs ready for 2011

Mon, Mar 14th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

The Commonweal Theatre Company in Lanesboro, MN ,is readying its educational programs for an exciting year in 2011. Education is an integral part of the theatre's mission, creating opportunities for Commonweal artists to teach, study, and practice t ..... 
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In the shadow of Ishi: a tale of fish and glaciers

Mon, Mar 14th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

Ring in the spring season on March 22, 2011, when the Preston Area Arts Council presents an educational and entertainment program of story-telling and music by area residents George Spangler and Janine Sherry.

The story-telling chronicles on ..... 
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The Real Housewives of Cricket County coming to Chatfield

Fri, Mar 4th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture



We've heard of these ladies. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Atlanta, New Jersey...Cricket County.

Did you say "Cricket County?"

That's right, the next take on socialite living and high-powered lifestyles takes us to th ..... 
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The Commonweal apprentice company presents Metamorphoses

Fri, Mar 4th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

Lanesboro, Minn. - The Commonweal Theatre Company is proud to announce the capstone project of the 2010-11 Apprentice Company: Metamorphoses by Mary Zimmerman. The play will be performed at the Commonweal Theatre in historic downtown Lanesboro March ..... 
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St. Olaf College Norseman Band to perform at Potter Auditorium

Fri, Mar 4th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

The Norseman Band of St. Olaf College, conducted by Dr. Paul Niemisto, will be presenting a symphonic band concert at Potter Auditorium at the Chatfield Center for the Arts on Friday, March 11, at 7:30 p.m. Admission to the concert is free. A free w ..... 
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Preston Area Community Foundation dinner March 28

Fri, Feb 25th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

The Preston Area Community Foundation is holding a fifth annual dinner/celebration on March 28 at the Branding Iron. Tickets can be purchased from a director of the foundation, F & M Community Bank or at Weber & Judd Pharmacy in Preston. The deadlin ..... 
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Wanted: photographs of gardening, harvesting, etc.

Fri, Feb 25th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

Wanted: Your contemporary and historical photographs. The Lanesboro Arts Center is looking for people to submit/donate photographs of gardening, harvesting, and putting up (canning, root cellars, etc.) - either historical or present-day images in co ..... 
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