The Edge Theater has become one of Lakewood’s premiere cultural spots, and is setting up a new location in the 40 West Arts District.
The theater left its location of two years at 9797 W. Colfax Ave. and moved to 1560 Teller St., headquarters and gallery for 40 West Arts, which will give it a larger space to work with, and more exposure to those interested in the arts.
“From both the 40 West and Colfax Business Improvement District’s perspective, The Edge is a real community asset,” said Bill Marino, executive director of 40 West and the business improvement district. “We’re very excited for what it means for us and The Edge.”
The theater is still under construction, and Rick Yaconis, executive producer and artistic director of The Edge, said he hopes that construction will be completed by the end of February so they can start on the sets for their next production, David Mamet’s “Race.”
“So far we’ve been rehearsing at the director’s house,” Yaconis said with a laugh. “We’re really excited to get started here because people are so excited about the area, and it’s great to be a part of it.”
The Edge’s previous space was just around 2,000 square feet, and that included a small lobby area, and now they will have around 3,000 square feet, not including a separate lobby that 40 West has and The Edge can use.
“We’re going to have seats on three sides of the stage, but we’re trying to create a really flexible stage,” Yaconis said. “If we can do that, we can roll it out and do theater in the round, which would be a lot of fun.”
Theater in the round is when the stage is in the center of a space and the audience sits on all sides of it.
Yaconis said that the new space will allow the Edge to do shows with bigger casts, and will provide more lighting options since there aren’t such low ceilings to contend with.
Another benefit of the new partnership between 40 West Arts and The Edge is that 40 West will now have access to a theater on its property that can be used.
“This will give us the ability to provide the community and other performing artists to have a place to perform,” Marino said. “We could do an acoustic night or comedy show. Once we have the venue, the possibilities are endless.”
The Edge is planning on a March 15 opening ceremony.