4:48 PSYCHOSIS, Kneehigh's TRISTAN & YSEULT, Wooster's CRY, TROJANS! and More Set for 2014-15 at St. Ann's Warehouse

St. Ann's Warehouse, which for 35 years has brought new works to New York by the world's most vital theater- and music-makers, will soon open its first permanent home, a 25,000-sf cultural center at the breathtaking site of the Tobacco Warehouse, on the waterfront in Brooklyn Bridge Park. While construction continues and St. Ann's works to raise the final $2 million of its $30 million capital campaign, the organization will present a stellar final season in its temporary home at 29 Jay Street in DUMBO.

It kicks off this October when TR Warszawa and director Grzegorz Jarzyna return for the American Premiere of their internationally acclaimed production of Sarah Kane's 4:48 Psychosis, which St. Ann's Founder / Artistic Director Susan Feldman has wanted to bring to New York since she first saw it in February 2004 -- the same year St. Ann's presented the American Premiere of the original Royal Court production of Kane's play. St. Ann's Warehouse also announced the following season highlights today: Emma Rice and Kneehigh, The Wooster Group, the Slovenian choral group Carmina Slovenica, and The Tiger Lillies.

"It's going to be a wonderful season of returning friends and new ones, full of shows that have spectacular music at the center of the drama," said Susan Feldman. Regarding the Tobacco Warehouse, she added, "We're really looking forward to it. 29 Jay has been a great space for us to continue to hone and sharpen our tools, as we build for the future just downriver. We are so grateful for this interim space, and look forward to setting down roots a year from now."

Executive Director Andrew D. Hamingson said, "St. Ann's new home is rising in Brooklyn Bridge Park, and every day you can see something new and exciting both inside and out. It is thrilling that in a little over a year we will be presenting St. Ann's groundbreaking work for the first time in our permanent home."

The American Premiere of Grzegorz Jarzyna-directed 4:48 Psychosis, October 16 - 26, marks both the 15th anniversary of Sarah Kane's death and ten years since the American Premiere of Kane's play. 2004 was also the year Susan Feldman saw Jarzyna's production of Kane's dramatic polemic, and she has been wanting to bring it to New York ever since. Feldman's experience with TR and Jarzyna launched a decade-long relationship with the company, whose work St. Ann's has presented frequently, starting with Risk Everything in 2004. Magdalena Cielecka, whom New York audiences saw at St. Ann's in TR's production Festen, gives a spectacular starring performance, praised by The Guardian in a four-star review as "so fierce and fiery that even when she has been swallowed by the light, you feel you can still glimpse her scorched image somewhere in the shadows."

St. Ann's welcomes back The Tiger Lillies, the wondrously wicked cabaret icons, for a three-performance run (October 30 - November 1) of a new show, Songs of Horror and Havoc. The group's performances at St. Ann's are perennially sold-out audience favorites, and this is the group's first performance in St. Ann's temporary home at 29 Jay. Halloween is the perfect time to experience their hilariously twisted songs, sung by founding member Martyn Jacques, who has elicited such colorful appellations as "the criminal castrati" and "Tom Waits on helium."

Kneehigh's Tristan & Yseult, written by Carl Grose & Anna Maria Murphy and adapted and directed by Emma Rice, is the production that catapulted the beloved company onto the national -- and, soon after, international -- stage. The Guardian has raved,"If this show doesn't make you fall in love with theatre, there's no potion on Earth that can help you." Based on an ancient tale from Cornwall, Tristan & Yseult revels in forbidden desires, broken hearts, grand passions and tender truths. It's another marriage of gorgeous music and ingenious staging from the creators of Brief Encounter and The Wild Bride. St. Ann's presents the New York Premiere November 13 - December 7.

For five performances only January 8 - 11, 2015, St. Ann's Warehouse will present the American premiere of Toxic Psalms, from Carmina Slovenica, a vocal ensemble that has garnered international praise for its choral storytelling works. Produced by Beth Morrison Projects, HERE and Carmina Slovenica, and directed by Carmina Slovenica Artistic Director Karmina Šilec, Toxic Psalms is written in response to the violences and victimizations, experienced globally, especially against women. The production makes clear why Carmina Slovenica has been called "mesmerizing" and "a phenomenon in itself" (Financial Times).

In the spring, St. Ann's Warehouse welcomes back The Wooster Group for two consecutive productions, the New York Premiere of Cry, Trojans! (Troilus & Cressida)(March 24 - April 19, 2015) and Early Shaker Spirituals: A Record Album Interpretation (April 23 - May 3, 2015), which Ben Brantley of The New York Times has called "profoundly affecting."

Construction is well underway at 45 Water Street, (the Tobacco Warehouse), which will be the permanent address of St. Ann's Warehouse for the next 50 years. St. Ann's is transforming the historic building -- originally constructed in 1860, roofless and in disrepair for decades -- into New York City's finest waterfront cultural center. At the new theater, which will recreate St. Ann's signature open, flexible footprint, St. Ann's Warehouse will continue its history of innovative theater productions and special concert presentations, like Lou Reed's Berlin, Kneehigh's Brief Encounter, National Theatre of Scotland's Black Watch and the Donmar's Julius Caesar, to name just a few. Since its founding in 1980, St. Ann's has done this vital work in found, temporary spaces it has activated in downtown Brooklyn.

Tickets to all shows are on sale now to St. Ann's Warehouse Members, except The Wooster Group's Cry, Trojans! (Troilus & Cressida) and Early Shaker Spirituals: A Record Album Interpretation, which will go on sale to members September 2. In addition to early access to tickets, Members benefit from exclusive discounts, waived service fees, and ticket exchange privileges. Beginning at $50 and completely tax-deductible, memberships are available now at www.stannswarehouse.org or by calling the St. Ann's Warehouse Box Office at 718.254.8779 (Tuesday-Saturday, 1-7pm).


St. Ann's Warehouse presents
TR Warszawa
4:48 Psychosis
By Sarah Kane
Adapted and Directed by Grzegorz Jarzyna
Featuring Magdalena Cielecka
American Premiere
October 16-26
Tickets Start at $30
On sale to the general public August 12

Anchored by a tour de force performance by Magdalena Cielecka, one of Poland's most revered contemporary actresses, TR Warszawa's acclaimed 4:48 Psychosis, a lacerating and lyrical depiction of a mind on the edge, comes to St. Ann's for its first and only American engagement. British playwright Sarah Kane's extraordinary final work swings from elation to despair as it chronicles a convincing, lucid vision of isolation vs. non-existence.

This production of Sarah Kane's 4:48 Psychosis is supported by the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, Trust for Mutual Understanding, NoraLee and Jon Sedmak, Adam Mickiewicz Institute, and The Polish Cultural Institute in New York. Project co-financed with funds from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland.

St. Ann's Warehouse presents
The Tiger Lillies
Songs of Horror and Havoc
October 30 - November 1
Tickets Start at $30
On sale to the general public September 16

St. Ann's Warehouse welcomes back The Tiger Lillies, the wondrously wicked cabaret icons, for a Halloween performance of deranged hits and new favorites. Nothing short of an international cult phenomenon, the Lillies fuse the spirit of punk with the passion of Left-Bank Paris and the savagery of Dickensian underculture. As The Evening Standard has put it, "A Tiger Lillies gig is a journey into wild emotion which passes right through melodrama and out the other side into bizarre beauty."

St. Ann's Warehouse presents
Tristan & Yseult

Adapted and directed by Emma Rice
Written by Carl Grose and Anna Maria Murphy
New York Premiere
November 13 - December 7
Tickets Start at $40
On sale to the general public September 16

Following their astonishing productions of Brief Encounter, The Red Shoes and The Wild Bride at St. Ann's Warehouse, the beguiling artists from Kneehigh return with this glorious adaptation of Tristan & Yseult. Based on an epic ancient tale from Cornwall, Tristan & Yseult revels in forbidden desires, broken hearts, grand passions, and tender truths. Seen through the eyes of the Unloved, this thrill-ride of a production marries gorgeous live music and jaw-dropping theatricality in an irresistible night of amorous exuberance.

This presentation of Tristan & Yseult is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

St. Ann's Warehouse presents
Beth Morrison Projects and HERE
Carmina Slovenica
Toxic Psalms

Directed by Karmina Šilec
Performed by Vocal Theatre Carmina Slovenica
North American Premiere
January 8-11
Tickets Start at $20
On sale to the general public September 16

Carmina Slovenica is a Slovenian "vocal theatre" company, world renowned for their unconventional choral storytelling, adding opera, drama, and movement. In Toxic Psalms, the almost sinister music mirrors the unspeakable violences and victimizations across our world today. Channeling ancient and modern humanities, the ensemble of 34 young women invokes Africa, the Middle East, Pussy Riot, weapons, extinctions, contaminations and abuses of religions -everywhere violence against others is exalted and deified. In the age of #YesAllWomen and #NotOneMore, Carmina Slovenica is a mighty arsenal for fighting back, igniting the anthem that "something has to be done."

Toxic Psalmsis a part of the Prototype Festival, with lead funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with significant support from the Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts, The Charles and Cerise Jacobs Fund for New Opera, and The Reed Foundation. Prototype is a collaboration between Beth Morrison Projects and HERE.

Toxic Psalms is co-produced by Beth Morrison Projects, HERE and Carmina Slovenica.

St. Ann's Warehouse presents
The Wooster Group
Cry, Trojans!
(Troilus and Cressida)

By William Shakespeare
March 24 - April 19

Early Shaker Spirituals
A Record Album Interpretation
April 23 - May 3
Tickets, starting at $25, on sale to the general public January 6, 2015

Cry, Trojans! originated as a coproduction with the Royal Shakespeare Company of Troilus and Cressida. In that collaboration, the two companies took opposite sides in the Trojan War. Seeking an American angle for this encounter with the RSC and the language of Shakespeare, the Wooster Group, along with Dutch artist Folkert deJong, reimagined the Trojans as a fictional tribe of early Americans struggling to assert its dignity as doom closes in.

The Wooster Group now has adapted the collaboration into an independent piece. The spirit of the absent enemy/collaborator still manifests in various ways, but Cry, Trojans!concentrates on the Trojan side of the story: the corruption of sincere love and the downfall of a noble hero.

Directed by Elizabeth LeCompte, featuring Jim Fletcher, Ari Fliakos, Koosil-ja, Greg Mehrten, Suzzy Roche, Scott Shepherd, Casey Spooner, and Kate Valk. Set elements, props, and costumes by Folkert de Jong; sound score by Bruce Odland; lighting by Jennifer Tipton.

In Early Shaker Spirituals, The Wooster Group channels the 1976 LP of the same name recorded by the Sisters of the Shaker Community in Sabbathday Lake, Maine, giving a new live rendering to their songs and finding inspiration for a series of dances. Directed by Kate Valk, the cast features Cynthia Hedstrom, Elizabeth LeCompte, Frances McDormand, Bebe Miller, Suzzy Roche and Max Bernstein, Matthew Brown, Modesto Jimenez, Bobby McElver, Jamie Poskin and Andrew Schneider. The production includes lighting design by Jennifer Tipton, set design by Elizabeth LeCompte and Jim Clayburgh, and costumes by Enver Chakartash.

About St. Ann's Warehouse - For over three decades, St. Ann's has commissioned, produced and presented an eclectic body of innovative theater and concert presentations that meet at the intersection of theater and rock and roll. Since 2001, the organization has helped vitalize the emerging Brooklyn waterfront neighborhood, DUMBO, where St. Ann's Warehouse has become one of New York City's most important and compelling live performance destinations. After twelve years at 38 Water Street, St. Ann's activated a new warehouse at 29 Jay, turning it into a three year temporary home while the organization has designed and raised funds to adapt the Tobacco Warehouse in Brooklyn Bridge Park into a thriving cultural center. Construction is underway and St. Ann's new home in Brooklyn Bridge Park will open next season in Fall 2015.

Through its signature multi-artist concerts and groundbreaking music/theater collaborations, St. Ann's Warehouse has become the artistic home for the American avant-garde, international companies of stature and award-winning emerging artists. Highly acclaimed landmark productions 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 Theater's 4:48 Psychosis; 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 acclaimed Black Watch; Kneehigh Theatre's Brief Encounter and The Wild Bride; 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; and Tricycle Theatre's Red Velvet. St. Ann's has championed such artists as The Wooster Group, Jeff Buckley, Cynthia Hopkins, Enda Walsh, Emma Rice, and Daniel Kitson.

St. Ann's Warehouse has been awarded the Ross Wetzsteon OBIE Award for the development of new work. The OBIE Award Committee honored St. Ann's for "inviting artists to treat their cavernous DUMBO space as both an inspiring laboratory and a sleek venue where its super-informed audience charges the atmosphere with hip vitality."

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