Mob Rules

The Edge's newest production takes audiences into the seedy underbelly of New Jersey -- a world populated by rogue FBI agents, corrupt detectives and Mafia hit men. At the center of Jonson Kuhn's Newark Violenta, which makes its world premiere tonight, is Leo Betti, a bookie attempting to find his estranged son and a multi-carat diamond before his arch-enemy does. Director Richard Cowden says the team at the Edge wanted to pay homage to classic Italian crime stories, but also to create something a little different.

"We've all watched The Sopranos, we've all seen Goodfellas, we've all watched The Departed, but a big part of this was, what does this have to offer that sitting at home with a Redbox movie and drinking beer doesn't?" says Cowden. "A big part of that is the humor." Cowden compares the darkly funny production to bringing a Quentin Tarantino film to the stage, complete with tons of blood, violence, profanity and a lot of laughs. Watch as the characters of the Newark world of crime finally meet up for a showdown. “Because this is the world it is,” promises the director, “not everybody is going to walk out of there alive.”

Location Info


The Edge Theater Company

1560 Teller St., Suite 200
Lakewood, CO 80214

Category: Theaters

Region: West Denver Suburbs

Newark Violenta opens tonight and runs Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 6 p.m. through January 26 at the Edge, 9797 West Colfax Avenue. For tickets, $15 to $20, visit or call 303-232-0363
Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 6 p.m.; Mon., Jan. 14, 8 p.m. Starts: Jan. 4. Continues through Jan. 26, 2013

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