Posted at 10:39 AM on May 7, 2010
by Marianne Combs
Filed under: Theater
A view of the floor in the fireplace room of Bedlam Theatre.
On Tuesday night Bedlam Theatre's Tech Director was working in one of its cabaret spaces, when his foot went through the floor. And then steam rose up through the hole. This, right where one of the stages usually sits.
Bedlam's Scott Covey said the staff discovered two hot water pipes had been rubbing up against each other under the floor, and one had sprung a leak. The heat and moisture slowly ate away at floor joists which had already been charred in a fire a couple of decades before.
"Well, this explains why we've been having hot water problems," laughed Covey.
Bedlam Theatre rents the building (which is actually three different buildings cobbled together), and Covey says the landlord stepped in quickly to help repair the situation. While Bedlam provided manual labor to haul out the rubble and tile, a plumber repaired the leaking pipe and a contractor came in to assess the building.
Covey says the water damage is limited to the one floor, and does not affect the integrity of the building. He says the theater company's biggest worry was that the patio above the theater space would become unsafe.
Bedlam is currently hosting Live Action Set's "The Happy Show" which takes audiences through the entire building; Live Action Set has reworked its show to avoid the affected area, and is continuing its run. All performances scheduled for "the fireplace room" have been cancelled until further notice.
Interested in helping Bedlam? They're looking for skilled carpenters to help with some of the work. Visit their GiveMN page to find out more.
When news broke last week that the Walker Art Center was putting its annual Music and Movies in the Park series on hiatus this summer, an outcry immediately rose up amongst Twin Cities residents. Here's just a sampling of some of the comments that shot out across Twitter:
aulku: Noo! :( Summer RUINED
meretewells: WHAT?! Not cool, Walker.
AlludedInSquint: Riot in the park, anyone?
When Matt Barthelemy heard the news, he sprang into action. Along with friends he created a facebook page to organize people interested in making the festival happen this summer - with or without the Walker Art Center.
As of this writing, his group "The 34th Year (of Movies & Music at Loring Park)" has 1700 members. Barthelemy says he's "super-excited" to see people joining the cause.
The community doesn't want to burn any bridges with the Walker Art Center - I'm a huge fan of the Walker - and the best thing that they do is movies and music in the park. But they cancelled it without allowing the community to have a voice in the decision. If funding was an issue, or logistics was an issue, they could have at least brought other people to the table to help out.
Barthelemy is now working to form a non-profit, and get a park permit. He says he'd love for the Walker Art Center to at least be involved in the conversation.
Barthelemy says Minnesotans live for summertime and, like the May Day Parade, the Loring Park series is a significant part of the Minneapolis summer experience.
The Walker Art Center's Rachel Joyce says the PR department was contacted by Barthelemy, and has responded to him.
We know about the page, we're aware of it, and it sounds great. We support anyone doing anything in the community around the arts. Obviously it wont be the Walker's movie and music series, so it won't be the Walker's "34th year of movies and music." The next one we host will be "the 34th" - this is their first year."
Walker Director Olga Viso wrote on the museum's blog that she appreciates the special significance of the movie and music series to the civic life of the metro area and is extremely grateful to the community for embracing it all these years:
As a contemporary art center committed to bringing art, artists, and audiences together in innovative ways, we think it is critical to re-evaluate all of our programming from time to time and experiment with new ideas that inspire us as individuals, cultures, and communities... Summer Music & Movies and other Walker programs--Rock the Garden, Momentum, and Choreographers' Evening--have taken hiatuses in the past only to return reinvigorated and better than ever. We hope you'll take part in the many free activities planned at the Walker all summer long as we re-envision how a popular program like Summer Music & Movies can be even better in the future.(4 Comments)