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St. Ann's Warehouse Presents American Premiere of THE LAST HOTEL Tonight

St. Ann's Warehouse will continue the inaugural season in its new waterfront theater with the American Premiere of Irish composer Donnacha Dennehy and writer-director Enda Walsh's thrilling new opera The Last Hotel, in a Landmark Productions / Wide Open Opera production. Singers Claudia Boyle, Robin Adams and Katherine Manley, actor Mikel Murfi, and an ensemble of New York's finest contemporary players, conducted alternately by André de Ridder and Alan Pierson, will deliver this "searingly powerful new chamber work" (The Guardian). Presented by St. Ann's Warehouse and co-presented withPROTOTYPE: Opera/Theatre/Now andIrish Arts Center, The Last Hotel comes to New York after tremendously acclaimed engagements at the Edinburgh International Festival, the Dublin Theatre Festival and the Royal Opera House in London.

Performances will take place in St. Ann's new Steinberg Theater tonight, January 8, and January 9, 12, 15 & 16 at 8pm; and January 10 & 17 at 3pm. (André de Ridder will conduct January 8-10, and Alan Pierson will conduct January 12-17.) Tickets are $50-70 and can be purchased at stannswarehouse.org, 718.254.8779 and 866.811.4111. St. Ann's Warehouse is located in Brooklyn Bridge Park at 45 Water Street in DUMBO, Brooklyn.

Since their relationship began with the American Premiere of The Walworth Farce in 2008, St. Ann's Warehouse has introduced numerous Enda Walsh works to New York City and American audiences. Directing his play The New Electric Ballroom, Walsh created a small town dance hall at St. Ann's in 2009. In addition to The Walworth Farce, Mikel Murfi directed Walsh's Penelope, which took place in a drained swimming pool, at St. Ann's in 2010. Druid Theatre Company produced all three plays. And in Misterman-written and directed by Walsh, composed by Dennehy, and produced by Landmark Productions and the Galway International Arts Festival-Cillian Murphy's Thomas Magill unraveled in a warehouse-within-a-warehouse designed by Jamie Vartan, who has returned to work with Walsh on The Last Hotel. Misterman was a runaway hit in the 2011-12 St. Ann's Warehouse season.

Over the course of these years, Walsh has entered the ranks of New York's-and the world's-most beloved theater-makers, winning a Tony Award for his book to the Broadway musical Once in 2012, among many other accolades. Donnacha Dennehy has garnered acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic as a composer of works for Kronos Quartet, Alarm Will Sound, Bang On A Can All-Stars, Dawn Upshaw and others, and as the founder of the renowned new music group Crash Ensemble.

In The Last Hotel, a husband (baritone Robin Adams) and wife (soprano Katherine Manley) arrive at an Irish seaside hotel manned by a kinetic concierge (actor Mikel Murfi) and chosen by a beautiful woman (soprano Claudia Boyle). They are there to assist her with her suicide. As in many of his plays, Walsh infuses the opera with both devilish humor and heartfelt empathy, creating a work that is "powerful, funny, moving, mischievous, aphasic, devastating, beautiful" (Irish Independent). In addition to praising Walsh's "unnerving and funny" libretto, The Scotsman writes that "Dennehy's score is red-hot," and Opera Magazine says it "rises to heights of ecstatic lyricism." The Independent says that the cast sings "thrillingly well" and calls Murfi's performance as the Caretaker "enigmatic and hilarious."

At St. Ann's Warehouse, de Ridder and Pierson will conduct a 12-member ensemble including Courtney Orlando (violin), Yuki Numata (violin), Nadia Sirota (viola), Clarice Jensen (cello), Logan Coale (double bass), Andrew Rehrig (flute, piccolo, tenor recorder), Hideaki Aomori(clarinet, bass clarinet), David Nelson (trombone), Chris Thompson (percussion), David Friend(piano), Caleb Burhans (electric guitar, sampler) and Nathan Koci (accordion).

The productionfeatures set and costume design by Jamie Vartan, lighting design by Adam Silverman, and sound design by David Sheppard and Helen Atkinson. Sophie Motley is Associate Director.

The Last Hotel is the second collaboration between St. Ann's Warehouse and PROTOTYPE: Opera/Theatre/Now, following Carmina Slovenica's critically lauded Toxic Psalms in January 2015.

The American Premiere of The Last Hotel is made possible with support from piece by piece productions, The Arts Council Ireland and Culture Ireland.

About the Cast and Creative Team

Donnacha Dennehy (Conductor), born 1970 in Dublin, has received commissions from Dawn Upshaw, the Kronos Quartet, Alarm Will Sound, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Bang On A Can All-Stars, Lucilin, Contact (Toronto), Electra, the Fidelio Trio, Icebreaker, Joanna MacGregor, Orkest de Ereprijs, Orkest de Volharding, Percussion Group of the Hague, RTE National Symphony Orchestra, the Ulster Orchestra (BBC Radio 3), Smith Quartet, and the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, among others. His work has featured in festivals such as the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival in the UK (which opened its 2012 Festival with a portrait concert devoted to Dennehy's music), ISCM World Music Days, Carnegie Hall's Contemporary Music Subscription Series (in 2013 and 2014), WNYC's New Sounds Live, Bang On A Can, Ultima Festival in Oslo, Musica Viva Lisbon, the Saarbrücken Festival, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival, and the Gaudeamus Festival in Amsterdam. Dennehy founded the Crash Ensemble, Dublin's renowned new music group, in 1997, and in 2010 his large single-movement orchestral piece Crane was 'recommended' by the International Rostrum of Composers. Dennehy was appointed a Global Scholar at Princeton University in the fall of 2012. He was also appointed composer-in-residence for the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra in Texas (2013-14). In 2014 he joined the music faculty at Princeton University.

Enda Walsh (Libretto, Director) is a multi-award-winning Irish playwright. His work has been translated into over 20 languages and has been performed internationally since 1998. The musical Lazarus, co-written by Walsh and David Bowie, is making its world premiere at New York Theatre Workshop, directed by Ivo van Hove, through January 20, 2016. Walsh's recent plays include Ballyturk, produced by Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival (Galway, Dublin, Cork and London, 2014); Room 303, shown at the Galway International Arts Festival (2014); Misterman,produced by Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival in Ireland, London and at St. Ann's Warehouse in Brooklyn (2011-2012); and several plays for Druid Theatre Company, including three at St. Ann's Warehouse: Penelope, which has been presented in Ireland, America, and London from 2010-2011; The New Electric Ballroom, which played Ireland, Australia, Edinburgh, London, Brooklyn and Los Angeles 2008-2009; and The Walworth Farce, which played Ireland, Edinburgh, London and Brooklyn and toured America and Australia 2007-2010. Walsh won a Tony Award for writing the book for the musical Once in 2012; the work played on Broadway, the West End and on tour in the U.S., Ireland, and Korea. His other plays include Delirium (Theatre O/Barbican), which played Dublin and a British tour in 2008; Chatroom (National Theatre), which played at the NT and on tour in Britain and Asia (2006-2007); and The Small Things (Paines Plough), which played London and Galway Arts Festival (2005). His early plays include Bedbound (Dublin Theatre Festival) and Disco Pigs (Corcadorca). His film work includes Disco Pigs (Temple Films/Renaissance) and Hunger (Blast/FILM4).

André de Ridder (Conductor, January 8, 9, 10) has collaborated with artists and ensembles as diverse as the Philharmonia Orchestra, award-winning cartoon band Gorillaz, jazz musician Uri Caine and MusikFabrik. He is in his fifth season as Principal Conductor of the UK-based Sinfonia ViVA. De Ridder works with such orchestras as BBC Symphony, Britten Sinfonia, Hallé Orchestra, Trondheim Symphony, Residentie Orkest Den Haag, Tapiola Sinfonietta, SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto and Camerata Salzburg. In 2011 he appeared at the Kölner Philharmonie and London's Barbican Centre with electronica duo Mouse on Mars and Musikfabrik, following their initial collaboration on Chicago Symphony Orchestra's MusicNOW series. His regular presence at the Barbican saw him perform at their Steve Reich festival 2011 with BBC Symphony Orchestra, with British band These New Puritans and, recently, premiering works by Nico Muhly, Missy Mazzoli and Owen Pallett with Britten Sinfonia. De Ridder performs opera at venues including English National Opera, Teatro Real, Theater Basel, Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris and Salzburg Festival. This season, he undertakes an extensive project at Berlin's Komische Oper, performing three Monteverdi operas reworked by Elena Kats-Chernin. De Ridder conducted and orchestrated Damon Albarn's music theatre pieces, Monkey: Journey to the West and Dr Dee; a recording of Dr Dee is released this season on EMI.

Alan Pierson (Conductor, January 12, 15, 16, 17) has been praised as "a dynamic conductor and musical visionary" by The New York Times, "a young conductor of monstrous skill" by Newsday, "gifted and electrifying" by The Boston Globe, and "one of the most exciting figures in new music today" by Fanfare. He is the Artistic Director and conductor of the acclaimed ensemble Alarm Will Sound, which has been called "the future of classical music" by The New York Times and "a sensational force" with "powerful ideas about how to renovate the concert experience" by The New Yorker. Mr. Pierson served for three years as the Artistic Director and conductor of the Brooklyn Philharmonic. The New York Times called Pierson's leadership at the Philharmonic "truly inspiring," and The New Yorker's Alex Ross described it as "remarkably innovative, perhaps even revolutionary." Pierson has also appeared as a guest conductor with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the London Sinfonietta, the Steve Reich Ensemble, the Orchestra of St. Luke's, Carnegie Hall's Ensemble ACJW, the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, the New World Symphony and The Silk Road Project, among other ensembles. He is Principal Conductor of the Dublin-based Crash Ensemble, co-director of the Northwestern University Contemporary Music Ensemble, and has been a visiting faculty conductor at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and the Eastman School of Music. He regularly collaborates with major composers and performers including Yo Yo Ma, Steve Reich, Dawn Upshaw, Osvaldo Golijov, John Adams, Augusta Read Thomas, David Lang, Michael Gordon, Donnacha Dennehy, La Monte Young, and choreographers Christopher Wheeldon, Akram Khan and Elliot Feld. Mr. Pierson received bachelor degrees in physics and music from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a doctorate in conducting from the Eastman School of Music. He has recorded for Nonesuch Records, Cantaloupe Music, Sony Classical, and Sweetspot DVD.

Dublin-born soprano Claudia Boyle (Woman) graduated from the Royal Irish Academy of Music before being selected to join the prestigious Young Singers Project at the 2010 Salzburg Festival. Her debuts include Konstanze (Die Entführung aus dem Serail) at the Komische Oper Berlin; Tytania in Paul Curran's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, conducted by James Conlon at Teatro dell'Opera di Roma; and Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor) with Danish National Opera under Martin André. Boyle has appeared with Wexford Festival Opera as La Comtesse (La cour de Célimène) and as Elena (Il cappello di paglia di Firenze), at Teatro dell'Opera di Roma as Cunegonde (Candide) under Wayne Marshall and as Konstanze under Gabriele Ferro. She has also recently performed the roles of Pat Nixon (Nixon in China) and Jenny (Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny). Current season highlights include a company debut with Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden as Adina (L'elisir d'amore) under Matteo Beltrami, a return to Teatro del'Opera di Roma for her role debut as Gilda (Rigoletto) under Renato Palumbo, and her company debut with English National Opera as Mabel in the highly-anticipated new production of The Pirates of Penzance by film director Mike Leigh. An equally compelling concert performer, Boyle recently appeared with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra alongside Joseph Calleja in an opera gala as Dede (Bernstein's A Quiet Place) with Ensemble Modern under Kent Nagano at the Berliner Konzerthaus. She was recipient of the Opera Prize at the 2010 's-Hertogenbosch International Vocal Competition and was awarded both First Prize and the Critics' Prize at the 2012 Concorso Maria Callas Verona. Baritone Robin Adams' (Husband) current and future engagements include Oronte (Charpentier's Medee) at Theater Basel, Wozzeck (title role) at Theater Augsburg, Le Chevalier Danois (Gluck's Armide) and Papageno (Die Zauberflöte) at Stadttheater Bern and Vicomte De Valmont (Francesconi's Quartett) for Teatro Colon, Opéra de Lille, Casa da Musica and Gulbenkian Foundation. He made his debut in the world premiere of Quartett at La Scala di Milan in 2011. He is a member of the Stadttheater Bern, where his roles have included Nick Shadow (The Rake's Progress), Conte Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Enrico (Lucia di Lammermoor), Germont (La Traviata), Balstrode (Peter Grimes), Forester (The Cunning Little Vixen), Riccardo (I Puritani), Lescaut (Manon), Papageno (Die Zauberflöte), Sharpless (Madama Butterfly), Ford (Falstaff), and the title roles in Macbeth, Don Giovanni and Eugene Onegin. As a noted performer of contemporary music, his appearances have included Blazes (The Lighthouse by Peter Maxwell Davies) for La Monnaie and Muziektheater Transparant, Kunstenaar Beck (Triumph of Spirit over Matter (world premiere) by Wim Henderickx for La Monnaie, Antigonus and Pickpocket II (Boesmans' Winter's Tale) Liceu Barcelona, Leonce (Leonce and Lena (world premiere) by Christian Henking) for Theater Bern and his debut at the Châtelet Théâtre Paris, as Captain (The Bassarides by Henze). Other guest engagements have included Tarquinius (The Rape of Lucretia) in Vienna, Traveller (Curlew River), Don Cassandro (La Finta Semplice) and Schaunard for Frankfurt Opera and Danilo for Oper Leipzig.

Soprano Katherine Manley (Wife) studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama, Glasgow and the Benjamin Britten International Opera School at the Royal College of Music, London. Her roles include Creuse in David McVicar's new production of Charpentier's Medée for English National Opera, Zenna Briggs in Michel van der Aa's Sunken Garden for ENO, Lucia in The Rape of Lucretia for Angers/Nantes Opera, Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream and Arpago in L'Incoronazione di Dario with Garsington Opera, Musica/ Euridice/ Messaggera/ Proserpina in Monteverdi's Orfeo for both ETO and a staged performance at the Barbican with Richard Egarr and the Academy of Ancient Music, and Belinda in After Dido, a joint venture by ENO/The Young Vic of live music and film performance inspired by Purcell's Dido & Aeneas, directed by Katie Mitchell. She made her Edinburgh International Festival debut singing The Indian Queen with The Sixteen and her U.S. stage debut as Oriana in Handel's Amadigi for Central City Opera, Colorado. Manley's recent engagements include Eliza Doolittle in Robert Carson's My Fair Lady at the Châtelet, Paris, St Matthew Passion with Britten Sinfonia, Max Richter's Memoryhouse, Judith Weir's Natural History for Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele, La descente d'Orphée at the Wigmore Hall and Maria in The Sound of Music for Central City Opera, Colorado. Future engagements include Drusilla in L'Incoronazione di Poppea for Opera North and further performances of Sunken Garden for Opéra de Lyon.

Irish actor Mikel Murfi (Caretaker) trained at Ecole Jacques Lecoq, Paris. As an actor, his work at the Abbey Theatre includes The Playboy of The Western World, The Tempest, The Comedy of Errors and The Morning After Optimism. Murfi most recently appeared in Enda Walsh's Ballyturk at the Galway Arts Festival in a Landmark Productions / Galway International Arts Festival co-production. He played in The Clerk and the Clown by Mark Doherty at the Galway Arts Festival, and in Ionescu's The Chairs with the Blue Raincoat Theatre Company.He appeared in Enda Walsh's The New Electric Ballroom, for Druid Theatre Company, which won a Fringe First, a Herald Angel Award and a Best Supporting Actor award for Murfi in The Irish Times Theatre Awards. He has directed Diamonds in the Soil and The Lost Days of Ollie Deasy for Macnas. He directed Trad for the Galway Arts Festival and The Great Goat Bubble by Julian Gough for Fishamble in a Galway Arts Festival co-production. At the Abbey he has directed Arrah Na Pogue, and at the Peacock, B for Baby. Murfi directed the Enda Walsh plays Penelope and The Walworth Farce for Druid, both of which won Fringe Firsts in Edinburgh. Recently he directed The Country Girls by Edna O'Brien for Red Kettle and Waiting for Godot for Theatre Du Pif, Hong Kong. As an actor his films include Jimmy's Hall, The Commitments, Guiltrip, The Butcher Boy, Sweety Barrett, Love and Rage, The Last September, Three Joes, Ella Enchanted and Intermission. He has directed two short films: Druma,which he wrote and directed for Macnas and John Duffy's Brother, from a screenplay by Eoghan Nolan, produced by Anne Marie Naughton for Park Films.

Landmark Productions (Producer) is one of Ireland's leading theatre producers. Led by Anne Clarke, the company produces wide-ranging and ambitious work in Ireland and tours Irish work abroad. In the past decade, the company has toured shows on three continents and produced twenty-two plays-including six Irish premieres and ten world premieres-in Dublin. Its productions have toured throughout Ireland, and to London (National Theatre, Royal Opera House and Barbican), Edinburgh and New York (St. Ann's Warehouse, Irish Arts Center and BAM Next Wave). They include the Irish premieres of David Hare's Skylight, Edward Albee's The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?,Glen Berger'sUnderneath the Lintel,David Harrower'sKnives in Hensand his Olivier Award-winning play Blackbird.

Landmark recently produced a new production of Enda Walsh's The Walworth Farce,starring Brendan Gleeson, Brian Gleeson and Domhnall Gleeson. Directed by Sean Foley, it played a sold-out season at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin in January/February 2015. In late 2014, Mark O' Rowe's Howie the Rookie, starring Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, played at the Barbican in London and at BAM in New York, where it was co-presented by the Irish Arts Center as part of BAM's 2014 Next Wave season.

Other recent productions include the world premiere of Enda Walsh's Ballyturk, starring Cillian Murphy, Mikel Murfi and Stephen Rea. A co-production with Galway International Arts Festival, the play had its world premiere in Galway before touring to Dublin, London and to the National Theatre in London in 2014.

Other productions include Colm Tóibín's Testament,which was commissioned by, and co-produced with, Dublin Theatre Festival; Enda Walsh's Misterman,co-produced with Galway International Arts Festival, which subsequently toured to St Ann's Warehouse in New York and the National Theatre in London; and Emma Donoghue's The Talk of the Town, in collaboration with Hatch Theatre Company and Dublin Theatre Festival. Other world premieres include Fiona Looney's trilogy Dandelions, October and Greener, and Paul Howard'sThe Last Days of the Celtic Tiger, Between Foxrock and a Hard PlaceandBreaking Dad.

Landmark's productions have won many Irish Times Theatre Awards, including Best Production (Ballyturk), Best Actor (Tom Vaughan-Lawlor) for Howie the Rookie, Best Actress (Catherine Walker) for The Talk of the Townand Best Actor (Cillian Murphy) forMisterman.Landmark Productions received the Judges' Special Award in The Irish Times Theatre Awards for 2011, in recognition of its 'sustained excellence in programming and for developing imaginative partnerships to bring quality theatre to the Irish and international stage.'

Wide Open Opera (Producer) is one of Ireland's most dynamic opera companies, presenting a range of unique operatic experiences. Fergus Sheil and Gavin O'Sullivan founded the award-winning opera company in 2012.

Wide Open Opera's inaugural production was Wagner's Tristan und Isolde at the 2,000-seat Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. The company has produced other major repertoire such as the Irish premiere of John Adams' Nixon in China in 2014; later this season it will present a new production of Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia with star Irish mezzo Tara Erraught making her Irish operatic début, both in Dublin and in the National Opera House, Wexford.

Wide Open Opera has been to the forefront of presenting new operas. In 2013 it co-produced Gerald Barry's The Importance of Being Earnest with Northern Ireland Opera and gave the world premiere of Raymond Deane's The Alma Fetish in the National Concert Hall, Dublin. In 2014 the company presented two operas by Brian Irvine: Things We Throw Away, commissioned by Dublin City Council for open-air performances in public places in Dublin, as well as being filmed for online distribution; and later that year The Oldest Woman in Limerick told the story of the 104-year old Sr Anthony, as part of Limerick's City of Culture program. This year, WOO collaborated with Landmark Productions on The Last Hotel at the Edinburgh International Festival, the Dublin Theatre Festival and the Royal Opera House in London, and on the opera's filming for Sky Arts.

About the Presenters

St. Ann's Warehouse plays a vital role on the global cultural landscape as an American artistic home for international companies of distinction, American avant-garde masters and talented emerging artists ready to work on a grand scale. St. Ann's signature flexible, open space allows artists to stretch, both literally and imaginatively, enabling them to approach work with unfettered creativity, knowing that the theater can be adapted in multiple configurations to suit their needs.

In the heart of Brooklyn Bridge Park, under the vision of St. Ann's founder and Artistic Director Susan Feldman, Marvel Architects PLLC and development manager DBI Projects-with British theater consultants Charcoalblue and a team of expert engineers and preservation consultants-have designed a spectacular waterfront theater that offers St. Ann's signature versatility and grandeur on an amplified scale while respecting the walls of an original 1860's Tobacco Warehouse. The new building complex includes a second space, a Studio for St. Ann's Puppet Lab, smaller-scale events and community uses, as well as a walled garden designed by landscape architects Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, which will be open to Brooklyn Bridge Park visitors during Park hours.

Susan Feldman founded Arts at St. Ann's (now St. Ann's Warehouse) in 1980, at the National Historic Landmark Church of St. Ann and the Holy Trinity on Montague Street in B­rooklyn Heights. For twenty-one years, St. Ann's presented a decidedly eclectic array of concert and theater performances in the church sanctuary.

From Fall 2001 through the 2014-15 season, the organization has been activating found spaces in DUMBO with the world's most imaginative theater- and music-makers, helping to make the burgeoning neighborhood a destination for New Yorkers and tourists alike. After twelve years (2001-2012) in a warehouse that was located at 38 Water Street, St. Ann's transformed another raw space at 29 Jay Street, turning it into an interim home for three years (2012-2015) while the organization adapted the then-roofless Tobacco Warehouse at 45 Water Street in Brooklyn Bridge Park into the new St. Ann's Warehouse, which opened to the public last month.

The Inaugural Season features St. Ann's signature international presentations that will continually demonstrate the flexibility of the new St. Ann's Warehouse. The season began with the Donmar Warehouse's all-female Henry IV, directed by Phyllida Lloyd and starring Harriet Walter. After The Last Hotel, St. Ann's will welcome back the esteemed Mark Rylance with the New York Premiere of Nice Fish, a new play conceived and written by poet Louis Jenkins and the Tony- and Olivier Award-winning Rylance, featuring Rylance and Jim Lichtscheidl, and directed by composer Claire van Kampen, February 14 - March 13, 2016. St. Ann's Warehouse will further showcase the new theater's versatility with the American Premiere of the Young Vic's production of Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire,directed by Benedict Andrews, with an explosive cast led by Gillian Anderson, Ben Foster, Corey Johnson and Vanessa Kirby. In tribute to its new location, St Ann's will introduce a Seasonal Programming Initiative in May to expand its artistic canvas to include outdoor programming in the Park itself. The international contemporary circus, NoFitState of Cardiff, Wales, will touch down under the Brooklyn Bridge in its spaceship-shaped tent, with its stunning spectacle Bianco, May 3 - 29, 2016.

Three decades of consistently acclaimed landmark productions that found their American home at St. Ann's include Lou Reed's and John Cale's Songs for 'Drella; Marianne Faithfull's Seven Deadly Sins; Artistic Director Susan Feldman's Band in Berlin; Charlie Kaufman and the Coen Brothers' Theater of the New Ear; The Royal Court and TR Warszawa productions of Sarah Kane's 4:48Psychosis; The Globe Theatre of London's Measure for Measure; Druid Company's The Walworth Farce, The New Electric Ballroom and Penelope; Enda Walsh's Misterman, featuring Cillian Murphy; Lou Reed's Berlin; the National Theater of Scotland's Black Watch; Kneehigh Theatre's Brief Encounter and Tristan & Yseult; Yael Farber's Mies Julie; Dmitry Krymov Lab's Opus No. 7; the Donmar Warehouse all-female Julius Caesar; Kate Tempest's Brand New Ancients; Tricycle Theatre's Red Velvet and, most recently, the National Theatre of Scotland's Let the Right One In. St. Ann's has championed such artists as The Wooster Group, Mabou Mines, Jeff Buckley, Cynthia Hopkins, Emma Rice and Daniel Kitson.

The new St. Ann's Warehouse retains the best of its past homes: the sense of sacred space of the organization's original home in the Church, and the vastness and endless capacity for reconfiguration artists have harnessed in St. Ann's temporary warehouses in DUMBO. For more information, please visit www.stannswarehouse.org.

About PROTOTYPE: Opera/Theatre/Now

After just three years on the scene, The New Yorker deemed PROTOTYPE: Opera/Theatre/Now "suddenly indispensable." The New York Times called the 2015 festival "bracingly innovative...a point of reference." PROTOTYPE has produced and presented 91 performances, shared the work of more than 275 local, national, and international artists, exposed visionary work to more than 9,000 people, and filled 19 stages across multiple boroughs of New York City. It has unleashed a powerful wave of opera-theatre and music-theatre from a new generation of classical and post-classical composers and librettists, and as Opera News proclaimed, "has become a major leader in opera theatre for the twenty-first century."

PROTOTYPE: Opera/Theatre/Now receives leadership funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional generous support from The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Inc., Amphion Foundation, Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, The Charles and Cerise Jacobs Fund for New Opera, Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts, Fresh Sound Foundation, OPERA America's New Works Exploration Grant, The Reed Foundation, and The Ted Snowdon Foundation. Additional support is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. PROTOTYPE receives generous corporate support from Edison Properties. For more information, please visit http://prototypefestival.org/.

About Irish Arts Center

Founded in 1972, Irish Arts Center is a New York-based arts and cultural center dedicated to projecting a dynamic image of Ireland and Irish America for the 21st century, building community with artists and audiences of all backgrounds, forging and strengthening cross-cultural partnerships, and preserving the evolving stories and traditions of Irish culture for generations to come.

Irish Arts Center's multi-disciplinary programming is centered around three core areas: performance, including live music, dance, theatre, film, literature and the humanities; exhibition, including visual arts presentations and cultural exhibitions that tell the evolving Irish story; and education, with dozens of classes per week in Irish language, history, music and dance.

Located in New York City, a global capital of arts and culture, Irish Arts Center serves as a dynamic platform for top emerging and established artists and cultural creators to reach a New York, national, and global audience, and as a gateway for other institutions to access first-rate Irish and Irish American culture.

Irish Arts Center is currently developing plans to construct a new facility to serve its multi-disciplinary program. The New Irish Arts Center will contain a 199-seat theatre, an 85-seat intimate café venue; studio spaces for classes, rehearsals and the development of new work; technology capability to project Irish Arts Center on the digital platform and a social environment for meetings, collaboration and conversation before and after the show. For more information on the New Irish Arts Center, or to support the campaign, Almost Home, please visit http://www.almosthome2016.org/.


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