By John Moore
March 20, 2013
Opening No. 45, “Race”: The Edge Theatre has moved 2 miles east, into a new, 99-seat theater in a freestanding storefront at 1560 Teller St. in Lakewood. Among Friday’s guests for the grand re-opening were Lakewood Mayor Bob Murphy and acclaimed singer and actor Mary Louise Lee, also known as Denver’s First Lady. The ribbon-cutting was followed by the opening performance of David Mamet’s latest provocation, “Race,” a play about a pair of lawyers trying to decide whether to take the case of a rich white man accused of raping a black woman. The story bears a striking resemblance to Mamet’s earlier incendiary drama, “Oleanna.” Directed by Robert Kramer. The cast includes Richard Cowden, Joseph Graves, Brian Landis Folkins and Krisangela Washington. Through April 7. 303-232-0363 or the edge’s home page. All photos by John Moore for www.CultureWest.org. Thanks to Patty Yaconis, Rick Yaconis and Justyn Walker of The Edge Theatre, and Amira Watters of The West Chamber.
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Final preparations were underway before the party began. The new Edge Theatre looks a lot like the old one, with seating on two sides of an intimate playing space. But all the amenities are better, including bathrooms in the front of the theater, not the back.
Backstage during the pre-show party, Krisangela Washington and Joseph Graves were running lines. Graves was a late replacement for another actor and had only about 10 days to rehearse with director Robert Kramer and the cast.
How cool is it that acclaimed singer and actor Mary Louise Lee, also Denver’s First Lady, showed up with friend Sharon Johnson to watch the opening performance of “Race”? Lee appeared in Afterthought Theatre’s “The Wiz” last summer with “Race” cast member Joseph Graves.
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