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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 24 - April 3, 2011.

The Apprentice Program, now in its third year, has earned a reputation for bringing exciting and fresh theatre to the Commonweal stage each spring. This year's offering, Metamorphoses, is a modern adaptation of ten Greek myths. Through vibrant storytelling, the play explores universal themes including the struggle between mortals and the divine, the inevitability of change, and the redemptive power of love.

Originally mounted in Chicago in 1998, Zimmerman's production electrified the theatre world and subsequently transferred to Broadway, where it was heralded as "deeply affecting" by Time magazine.

"As the director," says Daniel Stock, "I am interested in this play because these stories still fascinate us, over two millennia after they were first conceived. I believe we can better control our future by learning from our past. These stories continue to capture and illuminate timeless gifts: being human and being alive."

The Apprentice Company features Brennan Kelleher, Claire Kenning, Michael van Schoick, Jessie Sherman and Daniel Stock - all seen on the Commonweal mainstage during the 2010 season - and introduces newcomer, Rachel Kuhnle.

The innovative set design can be considered its own character, featuring a 9' x 9' pool of water on the stage. The set, sound, costumes and props are designed by the Commonweal Apprentice Company. Company member, Jason Underferth will design the lights.

The 10-month Apprenticeship affords recent graduates a transition into the professional theatre world, providing keen insight into the artist/administrator model through regular artistic opportunities and focused time in the areas of marketing, development and production. The apprenticeship culminates in a capstone project that is produced, directed, designed and performed by the Apprentice Company with the resources of the Commonweal and the guidance of the staff.

Metamorphoses has a limited run of shows. All performances eight are at the Commonweal Theatre in downtown Lanesboro. For ticket reservations or more information about any Commonweal events or programs, call 800-657-7025 or

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