The theater company, which lost its performance space in
Now, trains are running at the depot, light-rail service begins in a couple of weeks and Bedlam Lowertown celebrates its grand opening Saturday.
Although Bedlam Lowertown already has been hosting performances, founder and chief artistic director
Plans changed plenty of times as Bedlam took over the space, which formerly housed Rumors & Innuendos bar and nightclub.
"We weren't able to use anything that was here before," Bueche said. "The upside is we were able to make the space do what we wanted it to do."
That means flexible stages with separate lighting and sound systems -- one at the front of the building and one along the wall -- that will be used for everything from live theater and readings to music and dance.
"Live music is really important to our programming," Bueche said.
The Bedlam Lowertown bar has 12 beer taps and plans are for the full kitchen to serve from
And, to Bueche's dismay, the kitchen redo includes a fryer after Bedlam staff convinced him a late-night menu needs french fries.
At Bedlam Lowertown, exposed brick walls, art graffiti on the bathroom walls and wood plank floors (that were buried under 5 inches of concrete) give the space a casual, hipster vibe.
New funding has come from ArtPlace and the
Spencer said Bedlam Lowertown is "a great way to fortify the artist district in Lowertown." Development (including the new
"Bedlam is a signal to them that Lowertown will remain a strong, vibrant arts community," said Spencer, who called the performances at Bedlam Lowertown adventurous and radical.
One thing that hasn't changed since work started on Bedlam Lowertown was the vision for the space to connect Union Depot out front with an alleyway to
"It's like a corridor," Bueche said.
What: Bedlam Lowertown
Info: email@example.com or bedlamtheatre.org/bedlam-lowertown/
Grand opening festivities: Sample food, tour the new space from
On the calendar: "The Beast" by
Underbakke conceived, directed and co-wrote the Ivey Award-winning "7-Shot Symphony." After "The Beast," he will be creating an immersive theatrical event of "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" at
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