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Commonweal Theatre Company announces 17th annual Al Ibsen Festival


Thu, Mar 13th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, Minn. — The Commonweal Theatre Company announces its 17th Annual Ibsen Festival April 11-13 in downtown Lanesboro. Named for Henrik Ibsen, the acclaimed “Father of Modern Drama,” the festival is a celebration of Scandinavian theatre, visual art, music and dance, centered amidst 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 Ibsen, one of the world’s premiere playwrights.

The highlight of this year’s festival is the world premiere adaptation of Ibsen’s Brand. The action of the play focuses on fundamentalist Pastor Brand and his desperate search for a new model of humanity. With his faith being constantly tested, Brand remains steadfast in his ideal of “all or nothing” and risks everything in his quest for spiritual perfection. Brand is adapted by Minneapolis playwright Jeffrey Hatcher, directed by Executive Director Hal Cropp and features resident ensemble member Jeremy van Meter in the title role. The cast also includes Commonweal resident ensemble members David Hennessey, Megan Pence, and annual company members Gary Danciu and Ana Hagedorn. The production team will be led by Stage Manager Bailey Otto and Production Manager Thomas White.

The script for Brand is the fifth Ibsen adaptation created for the Commonweal by Jeffrey Hatcher. Hatcher is a renowned American playwright 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”. This world premiere production is part of a series of new versions of Ibsen’s plays developed by Hatcher and the Commonweal for the American stage, beginning with John Gabriel Borkman, “An Enemy of the People”, “Pillars of Society” and last season’s “A Doll’s House”.

The Ibsen Festival offers events and presentations throughout the weekend to satisfy a variety of interests. Guests may attend lectures, film presentations, musical concerts, and artist displays. The Commonweal is proud to welcome Dr. Mark Sandberg and Mr. J.P. Rosensweig to present two special lectures. Professor Sandberg is jointly appointed in the Department of Scandina .....
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Lanesboro Local launches a day-long series of food skills classes

Thu, Mar 13th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

On Saturday, March 29 Lanesboro Local is offering three 2-hour food-making classes that can promise better eating in your household. The three hands-on classes will be taught by skilled food artisans from the area and hosted at Eagle Bluff Environme ..... 
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Announcing Call for Entries for “Summer Dreams” Exhibit to be held at Lanesboro Arts Center

Thu, Mar 13th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, Minn. - The Lanesboro Arts Center would like to invite artists to submit an application for inclusion in the upcoming “Summer Dreams” exhibit, a juried group show which will run June 21 – August 10, 2014. Artists working in all vis ..... 
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Commonweal Theatre Apprentice Company presents “Tigers Be Still”

Thu, Mar 13th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, Minn. —The Commonweal Theatre Company proudly presents the capstone project of the 2014 Apprentice Company, “Tigers Be Still” by Kim Rosenstock. Performances run from March 20 through March 30. Call the box office at 800-657-7025 or ..... 
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Eldor Rahn

Tue, Mar 11th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Obituaries

Eldor Rahn, 92, died at Mayo Clinic Hospital-Rochester, Saint Marys Campus, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, after a long rewarding life. Born March 15, 1921, in rural Hazen, Mercer County, N.D., to Wilhelm and Jacobina Rahn. He had seven siblings. He att ..... 
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Verna Lorine Berge

Tue, Mar 11th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Obituaries

Verna Lorine Berge, 90, of Stewartville, Minn. (formerly of Lanesboro, Minn.) died Monday, March 3rd at her residence. Verna was born January 19, 1924 to Carl and Amelia (Christenson) Hildestad. She married Harvey Berge of Lanesboro on June 27, 19 ..... 
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Lanesboro discusses parking at Church Hill

Fri, Mar 7th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Government

Church Hill Condominiums developer Dan Anderson approached the Lanesboro City Council about a parking issue that has been in question for some time now. He stated the property line goes right down the middle of the parking lot. Right now, people who ..... 
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Eldor Rahn

Tue, Mar 4th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Obituaries

Eldor Rahn, 92, died at Mayo Clinic Hospital-Rochester, Saint Marys Campus, Thursday, February 27, 2014, after a long rewarding life. Born March 15, 1921, in rural Hazen, Mercer County, N.D., to Wilhelm and Jacobina Rahn. He had seven siblings. He ..... 
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Eunice Mae (Shattuck) Bausch

Tue, Mar 4th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Obituaries

Eunice Mae (Shattuck) Bausch was born on May 9, 1926 in Altura, Minn. She moved to Lanesboro, Minn. in her first year of life. Graduated from Lanesboro High School. Class of 1944. Died peacefully in her sleep after a brief illness on Febuary 27, 201 ..... 
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