Commonweal announces plays for 31st season

December 22, 2018

Sherlock Holmes, Peter Pan, and the launch of a new play series are part of the professional Commonweal Theatre Company’s just-announced 2019 season.

The 31st season of the Commonweal opens in April with “Holmes & Watson” and runs through “Sanders Family Christmas” in November and December.

In both of those cases, the Commonweal will be reunited with frequent collaborators: Jeffrey Hatcher has written “Holmes & Watson,” and Alan Bailey, who co-wrote “Sanders Family Christmas,” will direct the show.

“I always love to say the words written by Jeffrey Hatcher,” said Hal Cropp, executive director of the Commonweal. And, he said, “It will be great to revisit ‘Sanders Family Christmas.’”

The remainder of the season:

— “Boeing, Boeing,” a comedy, will run May through August.

— “Peter and the Starcatcher,” a play about Peter Pan, will run July through October.

— “On the Verge,” which follows three heroines on a safari around the globe, will run September through November. “This has always been a favorite of mine,” Cropp said. “It speaks to the power of women.”

Looking at the season as a whole, Cropp said, “We are leaning heavily toward adventure. People are going to take journeys with the characters in these plays.”

In addition to the main stage productions, the Commonweal will launch its much-anticipated Wealhouse project. The first production, “Bakersfield Mist,” is about a hoarder who finds what she insists is a Jackson Pollock painting at a garage sale. The play will be presented in conjunction with Lanesboro Arts, and will have a limited run in early spring.

Two more yet-to-be-named plays will be produced as part of Wealhouse, and will probably be presented in mid-summer and next fall, Cropp said.

A season pass for the five main productions is $115. For details, call the box office at 800-657-7025, or go to commonwealtheatre.org.

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