The Black Box Theater in Colorado Springs will close on May 31st to be replaced by The Grim Reaper Comedy Club and Theatre. Address: 1367 Pecan St, Colorado Springs, CO 80904. The 85-seat theatre was opened in mid-2013 when local theatre teacher Nancy Holaday decided to lease the space for the University School of Colorado Springs’ (USCS) theater department.
A show by Improv Colorado and a performance of Jane Eyre will be the last productions at the Black Box Theatre. And when the curtains come down the audience will be saying good bye to the Black Box Theatre for good. Instead, they can come back to the same space on June 1st for a comedy night. Celebrated comedian Chris Fonseca has signed the lease for the space occupied by the Black Box Theater and will re-open it as The Grim Reaper Comedy Club and Theatre.
Residents of the west side can watch stand-up comedian Bob Zany on opening night who is known for “The Zany Report” a segment on the radio program The Bob and Tom Show.
When asked for the reason behind her decision to close The Black Box Theatre, owner and director Nancy Holaday cited financial as well as personal reasons. Despite having a few grants and donors, Ms. Holaday was struggling to make ends meet and was unwilling to charge her audience the ticket prices needed to keep the theatre afloat.
Over the years the Black Box Theater has put up numerous shows performed by students of USCS as well as local artists and performance groups’ such as Tin Roof Productions. The space was also used by other schools in Colorado such as Little School on Vermijo and James Irwin Charter High School. While the Grim Reaper Comedy Club and Theatre will not be a non-profit enterprise, owner Chris Fonseca has stated his intention to let local schools, charities and artists rent the space.