The Commonweal Theatre, located in historic downtown Lanesboro, is excited to announce its special production, which will be taking to the road in fall 2019 in an effort to engage regional communities and play its closing performance for one night only in Winona on Wednesday, October 23, at 7 p.m. at the former Masonic Theatre. Advance tickets are $20 for adult general admission or $10 for students with a valid student ID. Tickets may also be bought at the door for $25 for adults and $10 for students. All proceeds will go toward the future renovations of the former Masonic Theatre.
“Stones in His Pockets” centers on the characters of Charlie Conlon and Jake Quinn, who, along with a collection of other townsfolk in a fictional Irish community, find themselves cast as extras in the filming of a Hollywood production. A cast of two will perform all 15 characters in the story, both male and female.
The Commonweal has not toured a production since winter 2015 when the Henrik Ibsen drama “The Master Builder” appeared at several theatrers across Northern Minnesota. In choosing to stage a production outside Lanesboro in locations throughout Southeast Minnesota, Commonweal Executive Director Hal Cropp stated, “Recognizing the need to expand awareness of the Commonweal in key markets in our region, we’re excited to produce the play ‘Stones in His Pockets’ as an excellent representation of our actor-based storytelling aesthetic with which to acquaint those who are not yet aware of the high-quality, professional theater we have been producing for the past 30 years.”
The production cast will feature Commonweal professional resident ensemble members Hal Cropp and Josiah Laubenstein, now in his debut season with the company. The production is directed by ensemble member Rachel Kuhnle with technical areas overseen by stage manager Thomas White.
The production will end its tour in the city of Winona, with a closing performance at the former Masonic Theatre on October 23. Tickets for the performances may be purchased by contacting the Park and Recreation Department at 507-453-1633 or by going to https://apm.activecommunities.com/winonarecreationtrainer/Home (type in “Stones” in the search).
Funding for Commonweal Theatre’s programming is provided in part by a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council, through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature, a grant from the McKnight Foundation, and private funders.