25 Years Worth of Memories

28 Mar
compiled by Jeremy van Meter

If you are anything like me, milestone accomplishments always put you in a reflective place. When I make it to a certain age, I tend to take a look back at how I got there and marvel at the events that led up to it and the places I passed through on the road there. As we at the Commonweal sit on the edge of Season 25, we are certainly in that same position. There have been many momentous events which, working together, have sustained your theatre company to this celebratory year. The highlights of those include:

1989 poster_crop_FB resize1989—The Commonweal opens its doors with Crimes of the Heart and A Midsummer Night’s Dream
1993—First rotating rep featuring Greater Tuna and Love Letters
1994—Commonweal gains independence with the establishment of an artist/administrator model of operation, a Board of Directors, and a non-profit status
1995—Commonweal begins producing Over the Back Fence radio program
1998—First year of an annual commitment to producing the work of Henrik Ibsen; first Ibsen production—Ghosts
1998—The Million Dollar Club is founded
2000—An undergraduate education program is created with the Semester in Residence
Commonweal Theatre Company in historic downtown Lanesboro, MN_Photo by Katrina Myrah2007—A multi-million dollar facility is opened
2008—First Apprentice Class
2009—The 100th production is staged with A Midnight Dreary and annual attendance tops 20,000
2010—Onset of a collaboration with playwright Jeffrey Hatcher to adapt several of Ibsen’s pieces
2013—A season of celebration begins!

We are so excited and grateful to have achieved this milestone. Throughout the course of the year we will be reminiscing, sharing stories and special moments from the past 25 years.  And now we introduce a new video and blog series — “25 Seasons, 25 Stories” – a series of essays and videos from company members and alumni celebrating special memories from their time at the Commonweal. We’ll post these periodically here on Curtain Up!, as well as Facebook and in News & Notes.  So click and view, comment and share – be a part of our celebration.

Do you have a special memory of Commonweal seasons past? If so, you may submit that to marketing@commonwealtheatre.org for inclusion in a special Curtain Up! post later this year.

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