Only three years after opening the doors of its own venue at NW 16th Street and Broadway Avenue, Reduxion Theatre, one of the metro’s youngest companies, has outgrown the intimate in-the-round setting that has played host to a series of acclaimed shows.
To accommodate its expanding audiences and artistic ambitions, early next year, Reduxion’s new performance venue will be on the first floor of the historic Cadillac building at NW Ninth Street and Broadway Avenue.
Erin Woods, managing director, attributes the company’s success to solid community support and the niche it fills in the cultural landscape.
“Our fresh take on classical plays — that includes Shakespeare, Greek dramas, and new adaptations of classic novels — has appealed to younger audiences.” She added that in recent years, Reduxion has raised its profile even further by applying an innovative voice to popular musical productions and American classics.
Reduxion’s long-time donors Kristian and Debra Kos approached Erin and her husband, Reduxion Executive Artistic Director Tyler Woods, about the space in the Cadillac building. Tyler Woods said that they instantly fell in love with the location.
“The Koses came on as board donors, sponsoring the new venue, and, along with fellow sponsor David Chernicky, have led the way, encouraging their friends, area art supporters and neighborhood businesses to support Reduxion,” Erin Woods said.
Reduxion has been working with Larry Herzel, principal architect of HSE Architects, also located in the Cadillac building, to transform the raw space into a functional venue and double venu capacity. “The ... nature of the layout will provide opportunities to create different types of theater in different audience configurations and with ... media that will propel our company forward and keep us relevant,” Tyler Woods.
above: Tyler and Erin Woods stand in front of the new Reduxion building.
Erin Woods added, “Whether it be thrust or in-the-round, Reduxion will endeavor to keep its signature intimate atmosphere that patrons have grown to love.”
While the new location is only seven blocks down the street from Reduxion’s current home, the neighborhoods are vastly different. Rather than a smattering of bland office buildings facing undeveloped land, the theater will be in the middle of a thriving neighborhood that plays host to some of OKC’s hottest restaurants and bars.
The neighborhood will, in turn, get a boost from having a full-time performing arts venue. The grand opening is Feb. 7, with its Valentine’s Day production of Shakespeare’s romantic comedy As You Like It.