The Commonweal Theatre in Lanesboro, Minnesota announces a mid-week theatre series from August through October 2010. Treat yourself to the theatrical tour-de-force of one-person shows! Commonweal’s 2010 summer series features performers from across the world taking to the Commonweal stage in solo performances that’ll bring you to tears, to laughter, and everywhere in between!
General Admission – $15
Season Ticket Holders & Students – $10
To reserve tickets e-mail the Box Office or call (800) 657-7025.
Curtain time for Commonweal Presents is 7:30 PM
Blue Collar Diaries – August 10 & 11
Written and performed by Michelle Myers Berg
Michelle Myers offers a glimpse of some of the memorable characters that drifted through her St. Paul blue collar neighborhood in the 60′s and 70′s. Their personal stories go far beyond the names stitched above their left breast pockets. Exploring both the larger world of the neighborhood around her and the epic silence of her Korean War vet father with humor and poignancy, Myers celebrates the individual inside the uniform in this original one-woman show. Named one of the top ten performances of 2009 by the St. Paul Pioneer Press’ Dominic P. Papatola.
RECOMMENDED FOR AGES 10+
Min mor (“Mother”)
Dramatised and directed by Anne-karen Hytten
Performed by Bente Børsum
Wednesday September 15 – one night only!
Bente Børsum, actress with the National Theatre in Oslo, Norway, presents Min Mor (translated “Mother”), a collection of monologues based on the books, articles, and letters of Lise Børsum, the upper-class-wife, war-prisoner and fighter for human rights, who, in 1943, was arrested and sent to Ravensbrück, a concentration-camp in Germany. The Commonweal is proud to welcome one of Norway’s most prolific actresses in a piece that has received international recognition. “An incredibly forceful show about a past that repeats itself every single day in every scene of war in our own time.” Arendals Tidende
Passion of the Hausfrau
Adapted from the novel by Bess Welden, Annette Jolles & Nicole Chaison
Performed by Bess Welden
October 5 & 6
A one-women show about the hilarious misadventures of a mom who discovers that the roller coaster ride of raising young kids is actually the path to creating her own masterpiece. “Bess Welden made it impossible not to laugh, as she dramatized the trials and hysterical tribulations of motherhood . . . Kids or no kids, this energetic woman’s portrayal of the crazy life and conflicting demands of a young mother . . . is comic genius.” The Portland Phoenix
RECOMMENDED FOR AGES 16+
Lessons from Cancer College
Written by Nancy K. Barry; Directed by Eva Barr
Performed by Kristin Underwood
October 19 & 20
What happens when a middle-aged college professor finds herself enrolled in a nine-month course of treatment for breast cancer? This one-woman show explores the anxiety and questions that emerge when the teacher becomes the student–of a disease, of a battery of treatments, and of her own changing body. Assuming it will be a manageable task to continue teaching through cancer, she’s is surprised–and ultimately healed–by the revelation that somehow cancer is teaching through her. Kristen Underwood performs this original adaptation that resonates with power and humor.
RECOMMENDED FOR AGES 13+