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After Theatre Network’s Roxy Theatre home suffered a catastrophic fire on Tuesday January 13, 2015, its staff and board members now face the challenge of finding performance space to continue the company’s 40th Anniversary season and maintain its reputation as a much valued Edmonton Theatre institution.
Theatre Network deeply appreciates the goodwill it has received from the community and is asking for financial support as it seeks interim performance and office space. People can donate directly to the company online through Canadahelps.orgSearch: Theatre Network or visit www.theatrenetwork.ca
Spaces like the Roxy are not easy to come by. Theatre Network owned and operated the Roxy theatre – something rare amongst Edmonton Theatre companies. Original plans for upcoming shows include The Old Trout Puppet Workshopproduction of Famous Puppet Death Scenes, Armstrong’s War, by Colleen Murphy, and a special 40th anniversary radio play-style reading of Summer of My Amazing Luck by Chris Craddock from the novel by Miriam Toews. The company is doing everything in its power to ensure these performances proceed, and will update patrons on its website.
Theatre Network’s annual Spring Fling fundraiser will also proceed as planned, on Wednesday April 29th at the Chateau Lacombe. Tickets will be available through Tix on the Square in the next 48 hours. www.tixonthesquare.com.
“We are extremely grateful for the amazing outpouring of support in the form of donations to the company and are touched by the stories of the impact the Roxy and Theatre Network have had on the community,” says Artistic Director Bradley Moss. “The Roxy was not just a building for us; it was a cultural home for artists and a space where many important and long-lasting memories were created. A great many Edmontonians lost something yesterday.”
Freewill Players will dedicate a portion of the proceeds of their upcoming Blow the Roof Off fundraiser on to Theatre Network. More info on Blow The Roof Off can be found at www.freewillshakespeare.com. As well, Rapid Fire Theatre is dedicating all proceeds from their Friday January 16th, 7:30pm show to Theatre Network.
The team with Human Loser Theatre who put together Cheerleader! have decided they cannot present their work as originally intended for the Roxy stage and will attempt present their production at a later date.
Theatre Network may be down but we are not out. With the support of Edmontonians and the hard work of its dedicated board of directors and staff, Theatre Network will be able to write the next act and continue producing vital and engaging Canadian theatre for the next 40 years and beyond.