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Beane leaves Onyx

Jacob Coakley

Citing a need to keep building momentum with his Insurgo Theater Movement company, Insurgo Artistic Director John Beane has resigned as manager of the Onyx Theatre.

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“I’m completely supportive of the Onyx,” Beane says after a rehearsal of his upcoming version of Shakespeare’s Henry V. “It will continue to be a great venue. But Insurgo has gradually grown as well. Given the long-term goals of Insurgo, I want to keep a progression going, and it seemed like the right time to make that happen and focus 100 percent on Insurgo.”

Beane signed on as manager of the Onyx approximately a year and a half ago, when Michael Morse, owner of the Rack, opened the theater in the back of his fetish-wear shop. Since then it has become practically a one-stop shop for alternative theater in a town that doesn’t always reward such ventures.

Morse will take over running the theater and booking shows in the space. Beane is confident experimental theatre will continue there.

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