Alexandria theatergoers have fond memories of the old MetroStage on Duke Street. The theater lost the space a few years ago, and Carolyn Griffin, the producing artistic director, has spent most of her energies raising the funds for a new house. The company kept in the limelight by staging readings of new works, like "Water on the Moon," and a series of cabarets in the Alexandria Lyceum. Eventually, Griffin's fundraising and construction efforts succeeded and, in 2001, a new MetroStage was created out of the old Smoot Lumber warehouse, just off the water at the northern end of Old Town. With a design by architect Skip Maginniss, the space has been transformed into a 150-seat theater with a modern look.