St. Ann's Warehouse Taps Frances McDormand, Wooster Group, Kneehigh Theatre for Season Slate

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30 Jul 2014

Frances McDormand
Frances McDormand

St. Ann's Warehouse has announced details for the 2014-15 theatrical season, which will include TR Warszawa's staging of 4:48 Psychosis, by late playwright Sarah Kane, as well as the return of U.K. theatre troupe Kneehigh Theatre and New York City's Wooster Group.

The season marks the final batch of programming at St. Ann's current home at 29 Jay Street in DUMBO. In fall 2015, the organization will move to its new home, the renovated 25,000 square foot, Civil War-era Tobacco Warehouse, located on the waterfront in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Productions of note include the American premiere of the TR Warszawa staging of Sarah Kane's 4:48 Psychosis; the return of Kneehigh Theatre with Tristan & Yseult; and two productions from the Wooster Group, with a cast including Tony Award winner Frances McDormand.

The season follows:

TR Warszawa
4:48 Psychosis
By Sarah Kane
Adapted and Directed by Grzegorz Jarzyna
Featuring Magdalena Cielecka
Oct. 16-26
"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."



The Tiger Lillies
Songs of Horror and Havoc
Oct. 30-Nov. 1
"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."

Kneehigh
Tristan & Yseult
Adapted and directed by Emma Rice
Written by Carl Grose and Anna Maria Murphy
Nov. 13-Dec.
"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."

Carmina Slovenica
Toxic Psalms
Directed by Karmina Šilec
Performed by Vocal Theatre Carmina Slovenica
Jan. 8-11, 2015
"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.'"

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
"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, the cast features Jim Fletcher, Ari Fliakos, Koosil-ja, Greg Mehrten, Suzzy Roche, Scott Shepherd, Casey Spooner and Kate Valk.

"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.

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