Frequently Asked Questions

1. Is the Commonweal open?

The Commonweal is open for administrative business, with the majority of our staff telecommuting. We are also producing virtual artistic programming (See #3).

2. Why isn’t the Commonweal producing live theatre?
  • The Commonweal is following guidelines by state and local governments and the CDC. Phase III of the Stay Safe Orders requires social distancing that eliminates the possibility of rehearsing.
  • It is not economically feasible to produce live shows at the 25% audience capacity currently allowed for places of entertainment.
3. Is the Commonweal providing any alternative programming?

We are pleased to offer a number of digital events available for streaming. In August we will produce an outdoor, physically-distanced movement performance. 

4. When will the Commonweal resume shows?

One of the huge benefits afforded the Commonweal Theatre is our resident ensemble. We are fortunate to have fifteen artists who live and work here in Lanesboro. As a result, when safety protocols allow, we expect to offer alternative programming engaging the ensemble. This may take the form of small-cast shows, remounts and/or additional virtual programming. Stay tuned for updates!

5. What measures is the Commonweal taking to ensure patron safety?

Like all arts and entertainment venues, the Commonweal has developed appropriate safety protocols which will be detailed on our website and communicated to all patrons prior to opening our doors to the public.

6. What about my 2020 Season Pass?

Season Pass holders have a number of options available to them:

Convert to a Donation
  • One of the best ways you can help sustain the Commonweal through this crisis is to convert your season pass purchase into a tax-deductible donation. Contact the box office at tickets@commonwealtheatre.org for details.
Upgrade from Season Pass to MDC
  • If you have ever considered upgrading to MDC — the best way to ensure the sustainability of the Commonweal — this would be the perfect time to do so! The cost of your season pass will be applied to your initial MDC membership installment. Contact Jeremy van Meter at jeremy@commonwealtheatre.org for details.
Vouchers for Future Performances
  • Your season pass can be exchanged for vouchers for future performances. These vouchers have no expiration date, are transferable and carry no restrictions. Contact the box office at tickets@commonwealtheatre.org for details.

If none of these options work for you please contact the box office at tickets@commonwealtheatre.org

7. I ordered single tickets. What should I do now?
Convert to a Donation
  • One of the best ways you can help sustain the Commonweal through this crisis is to convert your ticket purchase into a tax-deductible donation. Contact the box office at tickets@commonwealtheatre.org for details.
Vouchers for Future Performances
  • Your ticket(s) can be exchanged for vouchers for future performances. These vouchers have no expiration date, are transferable and carry no restrictions. Contact the box office at tickets@commonwealtheatre.org for details.

If neither of these options work for you please contact the box office at tickets@commonwealtheatre.org

8. What are the benefits of donating to the Commonweal?

Donating to the Commonweal is one of the best ways to ensure we can endure this challenging time. Ticket sales comprise roughly half of the Commonweal’s income, the loss of which is unprecedented. However, this is a hurdle we can overcome with your support. All gifts in any amount will help! Plus…the new CARES act allows for additional tax breaks for COVID-19 related donations. Click here for details.

9. Is the staff still working? How are you being paid if there aren’t shows?

Generous donations from patrons and friends help offset the reduction of earned income. Additionally we are fortunate to have ended the 2019 season in a solid financial position. Also, as a small business with a full-time staff of fifteen, we qualify for the Payroll Protection Plan and have received support from the Small Business Administration. Still, we’re only half way through the year with a lot of uncertainty ahead. A donation today helps ensure that we will be here tomorrow. 

10. How can I help?