Friday, August 26, 2011

St. Ann's Warehouse Announces Starry Final Season in DUMBO

Posted By on Fri, Aug 26, 2011 at 12:39 PM

Cillian Murphy in Enda Walshs Misterman, coming to St. Anns this fall.
  • Cillian Murphy in Enda Walsh's Misterman, coming to St. Ann's this fall.

St. Ann's Warehouse will be out of a home come May 2012, after their plans to move across Water Street into a new space built inside the historic Tobacco Warehouse fell through, but they're not letting that diminish their final season in DUMBO.

The immense black box theater announced its 2011-2012 season yesterday. In after kicking things off with the Karen O co-created, Adam Rapp directed opera Stop the Virgins (October 12-22), the season will feature eight more shows running through early May, the month its lease ends.

Among the familiar faces are acclaimed Manhattan-based experimental performance company The Foundry Theater, whose How Much Is Enough? (November 3-27) will solicit audience-members' opinions about value, what creates it and how we measure it. Also returning is director-playwright Enda Walsh, whose odysseian comedy Penelope came to St. Ann's last season; this time actor Cillian Murphy will star in the Walsh-written/directed apocalyptic solo show Misterman (November 30-December 21).

The famed Wooster Group returns as well, for a collaborative staging of Eugene O'Neill's early "Glencairn" play series with the New York City Players. Titled Early Plays, that production will run February 15-March 4. Actor Steve Cuiffo, who performed Lenny Bruce's legendary Carnegie Hall show last season, will co-direct the three-magician performance Elephant Room this season (March 22-April 8).

Before a one-night Cynthia Hopkins concert on May 4 closes out St. Ann's tenure on Water Street, Poland's TR Warszawa brings its surreal family birthday party play Festen The Celebration (April 20-29). TR Warszawa's previous production with St. Ann's was a 2008 pyrotechnics-augmented staging of Macbeth inside the Tobacco Warehouse, the historic structure that St. Ann's had planned to move into next season.

(ArtsBeat; Photo: Colm Hogan)

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