• Diving Deep Into Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde

    In this episode of the Commonweal podcast, Josie and Synth discuss the intricacies of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde with director Mark Baer and our very own resident ensemble member Tim Sailer, who plays Dr. Jekyll. Hosts Synth and Josie learn some interesting facts about Jeffrey Hatcher's adaptation in comparison to the classic tale, how truly timeless this story is, and how Jekyll and Hyde is about much more than the separation of good and evil.

    Are the guests on this episode more of a Dr. Jekyll type or a Mr. Hyde type? Listen to find out!

    56m | Sep 15, 2023
  • Fight Choreography w/ Aaron Preusse

    Join us as we talk with our guest, Aaron Preusse about how he got started in fight choregraphy, where he is now, and what his projects with The Commonweal.

    49m | Sep 1, 2023
  • Back From The Dead

    Listen to the return of the Commonweal Theatre podcast, as hosted by apprentices Synth Gonzalez and Josie Ramler! In this episode, you can hear from two apprentices in the apprentice class of 2024 as they discuss how they came to the Commonweal, what their experiences have been, and what they are working on now! You may also find insightful throwbacks to past productions, one even being from over twenty years ago... What could it be?

    41m | Aug 19, 2023
  • Erika DeGraff and Tinne Rosenmeier on Good People

    Today we chat with Erika and Tinne, two Commonweal newbies, who are killing it onstage in the show Good People. Both are established actors who have worked across the country and it is a delight to talk to them about this riveting piece of theatre. Thanks for listening!

    34m | Oct 21, 2022
  • A Tale of Two Apprentices - John and Tanner in the Summer Rep!

    Joining me today are John and Tanner, two members of our apprentice company. They’re in both of the summer shows this year and we thought it would be great to check in on the summer rep.

    We talk about being in several shows at once, the differences between Leading Ladies and The Mystery of Edwin Drood, how they feel they’ve grown while being here and we hear about one truly, truly, amazing spreadsheet 

    You don’t want to miss it.

    40m | Jul 31, 2022
  • Brandt & Elizabeth - Carrying Lanesboro with Them

    Joining me today are Brandt Roberts and Elizabeth Dunn, two longstanding company members who are heading out at the end of July. 

    We just thought it would be fun to share some memories and talk about their favorite moments here in their tenure here at the Commonweal. 

    Both have been such a wonderful part of this community both at the theatre and in Lanesboro  

    As Elizabeth said in her blog, you don’t leave a place like this you carry it with you and it’s wonderful to hear what they’re carrying with them from here. 

    38m | Jul 1, 2022
  • Jeremy van Meter is really funny - even if you usually only see him do drama!

    Joining me is Jeremy van Meter resident ensemble member and he’s playing Herb in I Ought to Be In Pictures, which has about 10 more performances and closes on June 2. We talk about how the show is going and what it’s like working on a comedy - Jeremy typically does drama here at the Commonweal. We also talk about coming back to the show after a long hiatus - about a month, including a Covid absence.

    There’s plenty to catch. You don’t want to miss it. Stay tuned. 

    29m | Jun 5, 2022
  • Tim & Josiah with the 2022 Season about to Open!

    It's a Tim & Josiah pod - we talk about what’s going on at the theatre, there's a ton: rehearsals are happening, sets are being built, art is being hung in the lobby.... There’s a lot going on to prep for the opening of our 2022 season. =

    And we also talk about what we do to prepare for a show - Tim is in 2 this year, Josiah is in one. But it’s a nice look at what it takes to prepare for a show and how diverse that can be from actor to actor. Everyone has their own methods and it’s a lot of fun to get into it. 

    There’s plenty to catch. Thanks for listening

    52m | Mar 24, 2022
  • Commonweal's first 2022 Apprentice, Grace Cummings

    Today we’re interviewing: Grace Cummings one of our apprentices for 2022.

    Grace is playing the young Hollywood hopeful, Libby, in Neil Simon’s I Ought to Be in Pictures (which we affectionately call “PICTURES”). She shares her first impressions of Lanesboro, what attracted her about the Commonweal apprenticeship, and how she believes that no matter how old you are, everyone is “coming of age.” Enjoy!  

    59m | Mar 11, 2022
  • Hal & the 2022 Season Preview

    Welcome to the Commonweal Theatre podcast. Josiah and Tim interview Commonweal’s Producing Artistic Director, Hal Cropp and take a look at the upcoming season. Hal told us he was a little put out that he hadn’t been invited on the podcast thus far, we thought we’d remedy that right away. As aways it’s very entertaining to talk to Hal. He does his best Boston accent for us, we talk comedy, we talk drama. You don’t want to miss it. 

    37m | Mar 2, 2022
  • Tim and Josiah's First Pod

    Today Tim and I talked about “January Company” - the people who depending on who you ask are either the most overworked or underworked people at the Commonweal Theatre! 

    There’s a ton of projects we’re working on here and we also give a little sneak peak as to what’s coming up later in the year. 

    There’s plenty to catch including Josiah’s fear of ladders, Regina Spektor and the last show Tim and I did together (which was over 14 years ago!) 

    You don’t want to miss it.

    34m | Feb 9, 2022
  • Ashley Graham - So many characters in Come Back

    Welcome to the Commonweal Theatre podcast. Today we’re talking with Ashley Graham - Actor in Come Back. We have a great conversation, about what brought her out here and about the Come Back, some of her favorite moments and playing all those hilarious characters  

    You don’t want to miss it. 

    22m | Oct 22, 2021
  • Matt Vichlach -Sound Designer for Come Back

    Today we talk with Matt Vichlach, the sound designer for Come Back.

    We have a great conversation, pulling back the curtain on his process when he designs a show, some of favorite moments from Come Back and how he got started in this whole industry. 

    He also shares at the end, a few music recommendations, h so don’t miss out on that.

    Thanks for listening.

    29m | Sep 29, 2021
  • Elizabeth Dunn on Complete Works!

    Today we’ve got a great interview with Elizabeth Dunn, Development Director at the Commonweal, and Actor in the Commonweal’s The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) [Revised].

    We talk about this show, what it’s like to play yourself onstage, how to prepare for improv, and what it takes to revise a show that’s been around for a long time.

    A quick note: 

    We recorded this in the Commonweal’s mechanical room, a place with all of our heaters and coolers and h vac systems, so if you hear a little background noise, it's not you, it's us. Just a heads up. 

    Thanks for joining us, 

    20m | Aug 14, 2021
  • Rachel Kuhnle - Director of Dancing Lessons

    Today I talk with Rachel Kuhnle director of Dancing Lessons. We talk about this show, what inspires her to want to direct a show, and how she gets two actors with different methods to work together.

    Then we talk a little about what it’s like to work with your spouse. Full disclosure, Rachel and I are married. She directs me in plays. It can be a lot of fun and well ... you know. Thanks for listening!

    26m | Jul 22, 2021
  • The Tell Tale Heart

    Enjoy this chilling tale!

    14m | Oct 21, 2020
  • Catie Glynn and Root River Anthology

    Today I talk with Catie Glynn, local artist, about how the river inspired her to write a myriad of stories which turned into a stage play which is currently turning into a radio play co produced by the Commonweal Theatre, Lanesboro Arts and her very own, Art Audacious Raw Theatre. We also talk about what it’s like to make a podcast in this time of social distancing and how this period may shape us as artists for years to come. Thanks for listening. 

    33m | May 20, 2020
  • Conversations in Isolation: Rachel Kuhnle

    During Shelter in Place, we at the Commonweal decided to talk about something we’re all very grateful for: the fact that we’re here, that during this time we’re here in the town we’re in, at the theatre we’re at, a part of this community we love. We’ve decided to tell the story of how we all got here, one by one. Quick 15- 20 minutes conversations, you might called them mini podcasts, to remind us all what brought us here in the first place and some of the delightful reasons we’ve stayed.

    Today I’m interviewing Rachel Kuhnle, actor director, the company manager and also my wife and shelter in place compatriot. We had a good time recording this. I hope you enjoy listening. 

    24m | May 14, 2020
  • Conversations in Isolation: Brandt Roberts

    We’ve decided to tell the story of how we all got here, one by one. Quick 15- 20 minutes conversations, you might called them mini podcasts, to remind us all what brought us here in the first place and some of the delightful reasons we’ve stayed. Thanks so much for listening. 

    19m | Apr 30, 2020
  • Conversations in Isolation: Kayla!

    We’ve decided to tell the story of how we all got here, one by one. Quick 15- 20 minutes conversations, little mini podcasts, to remind us all what brought us here in the first place and some of the delightful reasons we’ve stayed. Thanks so much for listening. 

    22m | Apr 23, 2020
Commonweal Theatre Podcast