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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

17th Annual Ibsen Festival
April 11-13, 2014

Click here for the 2014 festival schedule of events.

Don't miss the 17th Annual Ibsen Festival, featuring a world premiere adaptation of Ibsen’s rarely produced masterpiece Brand. In a desperate search for a new vision of humanity, fundamentalist pastor Brand demands strict adherence to an ideal of absolutes. When his faith is repeatedly tested, Brand remains steadfast to his beliefs - risking everything in his quest for spiritual perfection. Henrik Ibsen’s epic and thought-provoking drama, often considered to be a counterpoint to the famous Peer Gynt, is the fifth 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, fine art, music, post-show discussions and many other events to put this work into context for a twenty-first century audience.

Ibsen Tour
Spring 2015
Every other year we tour our Ibsen production throughout the upper Midwest. We are currently booking tour dates for our 2015 production of A Master Builder. 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.

Ibsen Presentations
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 & AwardIbsen
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 bi-ennial Ibsen Festival and Conference.

In conjunction with the Ibsen Scholarships, the Norwegian Parliment 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.

• To read more about the award, click here.
• To read more about the trip, click here

Ibsen programing made possible with the support of:

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