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Ibsen

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 featured 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. We hope you didn’t miss the final Festival!

Special Event!

With ONLY TWO performances—and only during the Festival—we presented a special production of The Last Two Minutes of the Complete Works of Henrik Ibsen by Greg Allen, a send-up of—well, exactly what the title says! It’s a wacky smash-up of sketch comedy, raucous spoof and soul-searching drama as we blaze through the final moments of his entire body of work in one go!

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. award_11Seminal 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
Ibsen programming made possible with the support of:

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