A Commitment to Ibsen
“The Commonweal’s Ibsen expertise is one of the region’s best kept secrets.”
Michael Bigelow Dixon - Literary Manager, Guthrie Theater, 2004
18th Annual Ibsen Festival
April 17-19, 2015
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Don't miss the 18th Annual Ibsen Festival, featuring a world premiere adaptation of Ibsen’s The Master Builder. Halvard Solness, a successful but dangerously narcissistic architect, will stop at nothing to bolster his overblown ego. He lives in fear that the new generation will render him irrelevant, so he rejoices when a young admirer from his past arrives. While she breathes new life into Solness, she also rekindles painful memories and goads him on to reckless heights. Obsession with the past and fear of the future collide in one of Ibsen’s final masterworks. The Master Builder is the sixth in a series of world premiere adaptations commissioned by and developed for the Commonweal by acclaimed Minnesota playwright Jeffrey Hatcher. As always, the festival will include lectures, art, food, post-show discussions and many other events to put this work into context for a twenty-first century audience.
Every other year we tour our Ibsen production throughout the upper Midwest. This spring we take The Master Builder to Brainerd, Thief River Falls, Grand Rapids and Red Wing, Minnesota and Stoughton, Wisconsin. For exact dates click here. If you are interested in bringing Ibsen to your town, contact Megan Pence our company manager for more info.
Ibsen Road Scholar
In cooperation with Winona State University, we offer an annual Ibsen Road Scholar — a week-long immersion into the man and his art. Click here for more information on this and all Road Scholar programs.
Perfect for heritage organizations, classes and church groups, the Commonweal offers programs and discussions on Ibsen's legacy tailored to the needs and interests of your group. For more information contact Ibsen Festival Coordinator Adrienne Sweeney at (507) 467-2905 x208.
International Ibsen Scholarship & Award
In 2008 the Commonweal Theatre Company was awarded one of the first International Ibsen Scholarships for our commitment to the works of Henrik Ibsen. In addition to a monetary award, Executive Director Hal Cropp and Ibsen Festival Coordinator Adrienne Sweeney traveled to Norway as guests of the Norwegian government to receive the award and participate in the biennial Ibsen Festival and Conference.
In conjunction with the Ibsen Scholarships, the Norwegian Parliament annually bestows the International Ibsen Award to honor an individual, organization or institution for exceptional achievements defined within the spirit of Ibsen’s work. Seminal theatre director Peter Brook was the recipient of the 2008 International Ibsen Award. Commonweal Executive Director Hal Cropp was nominated in 2009.
Ibsen programming made possible with the support of: