"Pillars of Society" — the featured production by Commonweal Theatre in Lanesboro — will be held during the Ibsen Festival April 13 to15. Seen from left are Jeremy van Meter, Stef Dickens, Scott Dixon and Catherine Glynn. (Bluff Country Newspaper Group photo courtesy of Jason Underferth)
"Pillars of Society" — the featured production by Commonweal Theatre in Lanesboro — will be held during the Ibsen Festival April 13 to15. Seen from left are Jeremy van Meter, Stef Dickens, Scott Dixon and Catherine Glynn. (Bluff Country Newspaper Group photo courtesy of Jason Underferth)
The 15th Annual Ibsen Festival will be held Friday, April 13 to Sunday, April 15, in Lanesboro.

Commonweal Theatre will open its 2013 season with a world premiere adaptation by Jeffrey Hatcher of Ibsen's powerful "Pillars of Society." Secrets from the past threaten to engulf a prominent businessman about to embark on the greatest project of his career. As always, the festival will include lectures, fine art, music, post show discussions and many other events to put this Ibsen work into context.

Friday, April 13

• 6:30 p.m. Opening reception with wine and cheese for the Maritime Art Exhibit at Commonweal Theatre. Reproduction prints are on loan from the Minnesota Marine Art Museum in Winona. Free.

• 7:30 p.m. "Over the Back Fence" community variety show at the St. Mane Theatre. Admission fee.

• 7:30 p.m. "Pillars of Society" by Henrik Ibsen at Commonweal Theatre. Admission fee.

Saturday, April 14

• 9:30 a.m. Scandinavian pastries and coffee at the Commonweal Theatre Events Hall. Free.

• 10 a.m. "To America: The Immigrant Experience" at Commonweal. A moderated discussion with Luther College history professor Marv Slind on the history of Norwegian immigration to the U.S. Addition panel guests include Geneva Tweeten, a participant in the Giants of the Earth Heritage Center in Spring Grove's oral history project. Free.

• 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Scandinavian arts demonstrations at Commonweal Events Hall including a food historian, Norwegian knotless netting and chip carving. Free.

• 11 a.m. Spring luncheon and bake sale. Sons of Norway Heimbygda Lodge.

• Noon. "The Stavig Letters" documentary film at St. Mane Theatre. Free. * Also showing at 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday.

• Noon to 5 p.m. Lanesboro Historical Museum open. Donations welcome.

• After lunch. Enjoy Kubb, also known as "Viking Chess," in Sylvan Park. It's a yard game played with wooden blocks and sticks. Regional Kubb enthusiasts will give tutorials and compete for fun.

• 1 p.m. "From There to Here: Finding Your Immigrant Ancestors" seminar at Commonweal with genealogical researcher Janis Martin. Free.

• 2 p.m. "Tragic Ibsen? The Problems of Staging Ibsen in the Modern Theatre" at Commonweal. Lecture by professor Errol Durbach, University of British Columbia. Free.

• 4 p.m. Natalie Nowytski with Dee Langley concert at Commonweal. Traditional folk music. Free.

• 5 p.m. "The Stavig Letters" documentary film at St. Mane Theatre. Free. *Also showing at noon Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday.

• 6 p.m. Exhibit opening and reception for "Land by Hand: Fiber Artists Explore Place" at Lanesboro Arts Center. Free.

• 7:30 p.m. "Pillars of Society" by Henrik Ibsen opening night with after-show reception with cast and crew. Admission.

Sunday, April 15

• 9 a.m. Norwegian/English worship service at Bethlehem Lutheran Church.

• 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Viking knit chain bracelet class at Crown Trout Jewelers. Pre-registration required at (888) 750-9294.

• 11 a.m. "The Stavig Letters" documentary film at St. Mane Theatre. Free. *Also showing at noon and 5 p.m. Saturday.

• Noon. "Vikings in the Attic" book author Eric Dregni will speak at Commonweal and also sign books. Free.

• 1:30 p.m. "Pillars of Society" by Henrik Ibsen at Commonweal. Admission.

All weekend

• "Land by Hand: Fiber Artists Explore Place" at Lanesboro Arts Center.

• "Maritime Art Exhibit" at Commonweal.

• "To Be a Poet Is to See" exhibit at Commonweal.

• "Immigrant Trunk Collection" at Bittersweet Boutique and Antiques.

• "Norwegian Crowns and Ornaments" at Crown Trout Jewelers.

• Scandinavian cuisine will be offers at Pedal Pushers Café, Old Village Hall and the new restaurant, Intermission.

For more details, or to see if events have been added, go to www.ibsenfest.org