Bedlam Theatre to leave Cedar-Riverside

The experimental theater company has been served notice by its landlords, terminating its lease at 1501 6th Street in Minneapolis. Bedlam expects to leave its current home no later than September 7th, 2010.

The theater company has been recently plagued with problems associated with the building. Earlier this year leaking pipes rotted out a floor underneath one of the Bedlam stages. For the last several months, volunteers and Bedlam staff have been working alongside contractors to repair the building. Now it appears they’ll have to leave all that work behind.

According to a press release, Bedlam is beginning work to find a permanent home in Minneapolis. But to find an affordable space in such short order is no small task.

Bedlam received notice on June 30 from landlord, Fine Associates (dba Currie Park Developers), terminating its lease, effective August 31, 2010, to accommodate another community organization being displaced due to Riverside Plaza’s renovation project.

Since 1993 Bedlam has worked to be community hub for Cedar-Riverside, creating its Cedar Riverside Art Zone for Youth (C.R.A Z.Y.) which works with 300 neighborhood youth and young adults in skill building workshops, GLBT specific partnerships, as well as working with activist and social justice groups dedicated to peace activism, labor issues, and the environment.