Scott Dixon
Scott Dixon
Local playwright Scott Dixon will present a staged reading of his newest script, "Enemy Alien," at the Commonweal Theatre in Lanesboro on Friday, Jan. 25, at 7 p.m.

Admission is free and open to the public, but reservations are

recommended and can be made by calling the Commonweal Theatre Box Office at 1-800-657-7025 or emailing tickets@commonwealtheatre.org.

Following the reading, audience members are welcome to stay for a brief talkback with Dixon and the cast.

During World War II, more than 2,000 German and German-American citizens were arrested and detained in internment camps throughout the Midwest as suspicious illegal aliens. "Enemy Alien" is the story of two brothers held in one such camp who must choose between loyalty to a flag and loyalty to each other when one of them becomes enmeshed in a dangerous escape plot.

"As a writer, I'm always interested in tension-filled scenarios that strip a character down to their true essence," Dixon said. "And, when you add in the fact that this is a mostly-overlooked chapter of American history - well, I was doubly hooked."

With grant support, from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council, Inc., Dixon was able to travel to the Camp Algona P.O.W. Museum in Algona, Iowa, and to Bismarck, N.D., site of a joint civilian internment and P.O.W. camp for primary research.

"I think of this play as a 'true' story even though none of the characters are meant to stand in for any specific individual," Dixon said. "My goal is to create an authentic perspective of the reality of these camps, inspired by the memories of the people who were there."

For his day job, Dixon is a resident artist with the Commonweal Theatre Company, which has previously produced his original drama, "A Midnight Dreary," and stage adaptations of "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King" and "Little Women," co-written with Hal Cropp and Stef Dickens Underferth.

He is also the author of "Beyond Midnight," a collection of horror and dark fantasy stories published by Ozmetn't House of Twilight Press.

News of current and upcoming projects is available online at srdixon.net and facebook.com/darklydixon.