20 Years of Ibsen
The Commonweal’s Ibsen expertise is one of the region’s best kept secrets.”
–Michael Bigelow Dixon, Literary Manager, Guthrie Theater, 2004
Our Final Ibsen Festival, April 21-23, 2017
The 2017 Festival will feature free food and coffee, an aquavit tasting, a retrospective on the many years of Ibsen festivals, a sculptor and his works, and two pieces of theatre, including the world premiere of Minnesota playwright and screenwriter Jeffrey Hatcher‘s adaptation of Ibsen’s final play, When We Dead Awaken. Don’t miss this final Festival!
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.
Friends of the Festival
- Amish Tours of Harmony
- Anna V’s B&B
- Bluffscape Amish Tours
- Crown Trout Jewelry
- Dragonfly Books
- Green Gables Inn
- Habberstad House B&B
- Helen Sutter Massage
- Lanesboro Arts
- Scandinavian Inn
- Sweet Stop & Sandwich Shop
- Vesterheim Norwegian- American Museum