Each year, longtime Commonweal resident ensemble member David Hennessey (this was his 20th season with us!) pens a paean in honor of the year’s work, referencing each of the plays we produced in the season. Here is David’s 2018 poem:

30th Season Milestones

Scott and Stela read Love Letters to start
A notable year. Then others joined hearts
‘Neath Salt-Water Moon.
Thereafter, we soon
Met three unsung women who learned to chart

Faraway stars: staring up at the night
We bathed, awestruck, in swirling points of light!
A fun change of pace
Brought the cut-throat chase
Of kids seeking spelling trophies. The sight,

In Clean House, of messes we can’t control—
Including sickness that will not let go—
Taught us gently how
To live in the now.
After years of writing, with heart and soul,

His masterful Dracula, Scotty thrilled
As we staged it with full suspense and chills.
Standing ovations,
Public sensation!
He basked in the glow of visions fulfilled.

When the day finally came he had to leave,
We celebrated him more than we grieved.
We dedicated
Our last show slated
To A Wonderful Life the heavens retrieved.

That Dracula script? It’s now winging high
In our lobby, soaring to Silent Sky.

—David Hennessey


Thank you for a great 30th anniversary season! We’re eager to share our exciting 2019 season with you—we think you’ll love it. You can CLICK HERE to read about it. See you at the theatre!