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Commonweal Theatre

Since 1989, the professional artists of the Commonweal have brought to life soulful stories told with honesty and creativity. Located in the heart of southeast Minnesota’s bluff country, Lanesboro (pop. 750) is home to the company’s theatre in its historic downtown.




The heart of the Commonweal’s programming is the main stage season. This balanced yet challenging repertory is comprised of up to six plays with more than 200 performances, chosen from among the world’s finest classic, contemporary, and emerging playwrights. Because Lanesboro is located amidst a high concentration of Norwegian-American families, the Commonweal produces the works of Henrik Ibsen annually, and remains the only theatre company in North America with such a commitment. The Commonweal is also commited to developing new works for the American stage, producing more than 20 world premieres in our history.

When We Dead Awaken
By Henrik Ibsen Adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher

April 14-June 17

Sculptor Arnold Rubek has it all: fame, fortune, a beautiful young wife. Yet his work has descended into mediocrity, and his life has sunk into a pit of boredom. A chance encounter with his muse - the model for his masterpiece and the only woman he ever loved - ignites in him the passions he has long stifled. Art and life play out their conflict as Rubek searches for the man he once was, the artist his muse once inspired. Subtitled "A Dramatic Epilogue," Ibsen's final play is also the last in our series of adaptations by playwright Jeffrey Hatcher.

Address: 208 Parkway Ave N, Lanesboro, MN 55949

Phone: 800.657.7025


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