Rebuilt Roxy Theater set to reopen this month

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Seven years after being razed by fire, the curtain is set to rise once more at the Roxy Theatre.

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Long a fixture on 124 Street, the home venue of Theater Network will once again open its doors for a housewarming on April 15-16.

“It’s true when they say that you don’t know what you’ve lost until you have actually lost it,” said Bradley Moss, artistic director and executive director of Roxy Theatre.

“What I’m so grateful for is the people who helped us to bring it back!”

After the housewarming, Theater Network will host Crows Theatre’s production of William Shakespeare’s As You Like It, A Radical Retelling by Cliff Cardinal from April 26-May 15.

The popular emerging arts festival Nextfest will return to the space June 2-12, and the Roxy will also be part of the Edmonton International Fringe Festival this August as a BYOV.

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The new Roxy was designed by Group 2 Architecture and Interior Design and built by Chandos Construction. It houses two performance spaces, as well as a visual art gallery and rehearsal hall.

“The new Roxy is designed to fuel curiosity and ignite self-discovery and reflection,” said Jared Tabler, board president of Theater Network. “We have created a place where diversity, inclusion and exploration are celebrated as fundamental values.”

The main theater in the Roxy, which seats 200, is named after Theater Network’s first board president, Nancy Power. The secondary space is named after performer Lorne Cardinal. The Miller Art Gallery will be home to a permanent collection of works by Jason Carter.

Tickets for the housewarming (which are free), as well as As You Like It, will be available on the Theater Network Website on April 11 at noon.

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