Outtakes: My night at the grand re-opening of The Edge Theatre

The Edge Theatre’s new storefront¬† at 1560 Teller St. in Lakewood. The grand re-opening was marked on March 15 with a party and the opening performance of David Mamet’s “Race.”


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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Here’s your Grand re-opening souvenir ticket.


Re-opening-night guests signed the red ribbon that was later cut by founder Rick Yaconis.


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.


The party made plenty of libations available … so keep your hands off the Mountain Dew!


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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By John Moore

Award-winning arts journalist John Moore was named one of the 12 most influential theater critics in the United States by American Theatre Magazine during has 12 years at The Denver Post. Hen then created a groundbreaking new media outlet covering Colorado arts an culture as an in-house, multimedia journalist for the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. He also founded The Denver Actors Fund, a nonprofit that has raised more than $600,000 for theatre artists in medical need. He is now a journalist for hire as the founder of Moore Media Colorado. You can find samples of his work at MooreJohn.Com. Contact him at culturewestjohn@gmail.com