The Tobacco Warehouse, located just across the street from St. Ann's current Water Street home in Dumbo, is an ideal venue for the theatre company. St. Ann's previously produced TR Warszawa's Macbeth at the roofless building in 2008. The company had been seeking approval to relocate to the site when it was announced in 2009 that its current venue was being redeveloped as a school and apartment complex.
St. Ann's has proposed the construction of two performances spaces, including a 10,000 square foot venue capable of seating 300-700 and a 2,100 square foot flexible space that would seat roughly 125. A large, triangular section of the Tobacco Warehouse would be left uncovered, as an open-air public garden, with concessions, café tables and open arches leading into the Empire Fulton Ferry section of Brooklyn Bridge Park.
The tentative agreement precedes approvals and public hearings, which are required in order to execute a lease with St. Ann's. The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation will have to approve all modifications to the historic structure. The Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corporation and Empire State Development Corporation boards will likely vote on the project as well.
St. Ann's currently presents the U.S. debut of the Kneehigh Theatre's The Red Shoes through Dec. 12. The season will also feature Daniel Kitson's The Interminable Suicide of Gregory Church Jan. 6-30, 2011; Steve Cuiffo's Lenny Bruce at "Carnegie Hall" 50 Years to the Night Feb. 4, 2011; the choral commission of Nico Muhly's Tell the Way Feb. 10-12, 2011; and the National Theatre of Scotland's Beautiful Burnout Feb. 25-March 27, 2011.