Bedlam celebrates New Year's Eve

A temporary placard outside the new Bedlam Lowertown
A temporary placard outside the new Bedlam Lowertown
Photo by Farrington Starnes

Bedlam Theatre has had a big year, and they're celebrating in style on New Year's Eve at their Minneapolis digs. In 2012, Bedlam collaborated with over 1,000 artists and participants, with performances in more than 30 venues. This fall, they moved into their new home in St. Paul while simultaneously maintaining their Minneapolis-based Community Design Workshop space in the Ivy Arts Building. They presented 10-Fest with Mixed Blood on the West Bank, and co-produced 2012: The Musical with New Native Theatre at In the Heart of the Beast. They are also working with the Native American-Somali Friendship Committee, Kaoog, and New Native Theatre on the Native-American-Somali Friendship Play Project premiering this spring.

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Making Amends the Living Room Convergence at Bedlam Lowertown
Making Amends the Living Room Convergence at Bedlam Lowertown
Photo by Farrington Starnes

"I'm really happy about it," says John Bueche, Bedlam's executive and artistic director, of this year's accomplishments. "We work really hard, and I'm proud of what we've been able to achieve. 

Bueche sees himself as a greedy audience member. "I'm greedy about what I want to see in the world. That's what makes it worth it," he says. He was especially beside himself to see the Making Amends Cabaret, created by Harry Waters Jr. and Molly Van Avery with youth from the Trans Youth Support Netork. 

Their new social venue is called Bedlam Lowertown, and is located right by the Union Depot transit hub, which is the first/final station of the new LRT line. They have already hosted various events this the fall, including "pancake time." The evening, organized by Samantha Johns, invited participants to brainstorm on what they think the future of theater should be in the Twin Cities. 

This winter, Bedlam will finish doing renovations to their Lowertown space, which will include upgrading to a full kitchen, figuring out the back stage area, and making other theatrical improvements. They plan to obtain a liquor license in time for their grand opening this spring (there will be alcohol at the New Year's Eve party, but you must become a donor to attend. More details here.).
Mother of Masks performace at Bedlam Lowertown Making Amends the Living Room Convergence
Mother of Masks performace at Bedlam Lowertown Making Amends the Living Room Convergence
Photo by Farrington Starnes

Meanwhile, Bedlam's Community Design Center, located at the Ivy Arts Building in Minneapolis, has expanded with increased workshop/rehearsal space, and an expansion of their Bedlam for Hire services, which includes a puppet farm, Bedlam-style theatrical support, AV equipment, as well as commissions, such as their live performances as part of the Union Depot Grand Opening.

Eventually, in addition to Bedlam Lowertown and the behind-the-scenes Community Design Center, they plan on opening another Minneapolis venue. 

The Thank-You-Bash on New Year's Eve will feature the Brass Messenger and numerous DJs throughout the evening.


Bedlam Bash: New Year's Eve
Monday, December 31
9 p.m.
RSVP to [email protected]

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