Bedlam Lowertown closing on November 2

With a fully stocked all-you-can-eat buffet of emotions, we announce that Bedlam Lowertown will be closing on November 2. While we are sad to lose this venue that has become beloved to so many in Lowertown and beyond, we want to spend our last few weeks in celebration of the vision that was tested and tried, the relationships made, and the community investment that allowed Bedlam Lowertown to exist for 2.5 years.

Please join us for a packed two weeks including:

With significant community support, Bedlam opened a state-of-the-art facility in May, 2014 in time to be in Lowertown for the heavily anticipated Green Line Opening. In its 2 plus years we served over 50k audience members and presented nearly 1000 unique music, theater and community events. Bedlam’s opening was delayed a year due to construction and code issues including the need to overhaul the buildings heating and cooling system. The project overran its anticipated cost by 600k. After nearly closing on its first anniversary, community, board and staff rallied to keep it open for another year while multiple stakeholders strategized to overcome the debt situation. Though serious efforts were in the works, the clock has run out on some significant debts and we must close.

This was a highly ambitious project and there are many whys and why nots and coulda-shoulda-wouldas. We welcome this conversation and aim to be as constructive as possible toward future efforts of this kind. We hope that something equally if not more magical happens in this venue going forward. We don’t see this as a failure though we recognize the impact such a venture has had–the ups and the downs and the unpaid bills. The Bedlam Board will continue to trouble shoot the debt. The fate of Bedlam Theatre is unclear at this time. We will keep you posted.

Our most heartfelt thanks go to our staff, artists, supporters, donors, audience members, and everyone who has been part of the Bedlam community throughout the years.

— Maren Ward, Artistic Director and Dan Spock, Board President

Please send questions or comments to [email protected]

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