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Commonweal's play titles for 2010 season

Tue, Nov 10th, 2009
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Lanesboro, Minn. - The Commonweal Theatre Company invites audiences to share in its 22nd season as southeastern Minnesota's premiere resident theatre company. "We're truly blessed to be well on our way into our third decade of sharing our stories," says Artistic Director Hal Cropp of Commonweal's 2010 season. "We always try to offer a little bit to everyone over the course of a season - some thrills, some chills, some laughs. Every year is another chance for our audiences to discover their new favorite."

The 13th Annual Ibsen Festival opens the Commonweal season April 16-18 with Henrik Ibsen's John Gabriel Borkman (April 15-June 11th) - the story of a disgraced banker willing to regain his former power at any cost. This rarely-seen Ibsen classic will be directed by Risa Brainin, currently Director of Performance and Associate Professor at the University of California - Santa Barbara and former Education Director at SteppingStone Theatre.

Summer at the theatre will transport audiences across the Atlantic first to France for Steve Martin's madcap comedy Picasso at the Lapin Agile (May 22 - September 25). Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein meet in a bar, and the result is one of the zaniest shows ever seen on the Commonweal stage. Picasso will be directed by Alan Bailey, who has worked on the Lanesboro productions of Harvey, Inspecting Carol, and Art). Then, it's a stop in Italy for Matthew Barber's heartwarming story of friendship, Enchanted April (June 26 - October 23) directed by Jamie Horton (The Rainmaker, Wait Until Dark, Steel Magnolias). Four women, separated by fame and fortune, seek a renewal of hope and love while on vacation to a secluded coastal villa.

When the cool autumn nights begin to arrive, Commonweal promises its own kind of chills with Jeffrey Hatcher's adaptation Henry James' famous ghost story, The Turn of the Screw (October 2 - November 6). Minnesota's premiere playwright has crafted a tour-de-force for two actors telling the story of an English governess fighting to protect a young boy and his sister from a sinister presence on their country estate.

Then, in time for the holidays, Commonweal will be proud to present its own adaptation of one of America's most beloved novels, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (November 20 - December 21). The story of pretty Meg, fiery Jo, shy Beth and romantic Amy has enthralled readers for almost 150 years. "Just like what we've done with A Christmas Carol," says Cropp, "our version of Little Women will be a fresh look at a familiar story, told with our own signature talent and style."

As part of its mission to merge live theatre with an educational curriculum, the Commonweal offers student matinees of all of its 2010 productions to area teachers and students, enhanced with complementary study guides, in-class workshops and post-performance discussions.

The Commonweal is a non-profit professional theatre with year-round main stage and educational programming located at 208 Parkway Avenue North in historic downtown Lanesboro. For more information, visit www.commonwealtheatre.org or call 800-657-7025.

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