St. Ann's Commissions Stew for New Show in 2009-10; Brief Encounter to Make NYC Bow

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The world premiere of Making It and a multi-media theatrical concert from Tony-winning Passing Strange creator Stew will be part of the 2009-2010 season at St. Ann's Warehouse in Brooklyn.

Stew Photo by Ernio Hernandez

In honor of the organization's 30th anniversary, St. Ann's has also announced a 20th anniversary concert from the Tiger Lillies (Shockhead Peter) that is titled Dark and Deviant; a commission from No Theater and Young@Heart Chorus, End of the Road; the New York premiere of Kneehigh Company's film-theatre fusion of Noël Coward's classic Brief Encounter, which is popular in London; and the return of the Druid Theatre Company with Enda Walsh's The New Electric Ballroom.

The 2009-2010 St. Ann's Warehouse season follows:



  • Dark and Deviant
    The Tiger Lillies
    Oct. 16-17
    "For the first time in years, the Lillies will perform songs from their Olivier Award-winning show, Shockheaded Peter, along with a selection of numbers from their Grammy nominated album 'The Gorey End' and other deranged favorites spanning the group's catalog."  



  • The New Electric Ballroom
    The Druid Theatre Company of Galway
    By Enda Walsh
    Oct. 27-Nov. 22
    A companion piece to The Walworth Farce, The New Electric Ballroom "unfolds in a small fishing town on the west coast of Ireland, where, night after night, Breda and Clara, two aging sisters, re-live the memories of a single night in the early 1960s when a seductive rock singer at the New Electric Ballroom broke both their fragile hearts. Breda, Clara and their much younger sister, Ada, remain trapped in the story, costumed by their tuille skirts, bolero jackets, pink high heels and lipstick until a lonely fisherman appears as Ada's chance to escape."  



  • Brief Encounter
    Kneehigh Company
    By Noël Coward
    Directed by Emma Rice
    Dec. 2, 2009-Jan. 3, 2010
    "Switching seamlessly between live theatre and remade film footage, Brief Encounter takes audiences back to a bygone age of romance and the silver screen. The story follows the brief affair between Laura (a housewife and mother) and Alec (a married doctor), who meet at a railway station café when Alec removes a piece of grit from Laura's eye… The lives and loves of the three couples are played out in the train station tearoom as a grand entertainment, using the words (some newly set to original music) and familiar songs of Noël Coward to create a breathtaking, funny and tear-inducing show with live musicians on stage, characters jumping in and out of film screens, and a couple in love floating in mid-air."  



  • Making It
    By Stew and Heidi Rodewald
    Feb. 17-21, 2010
    "Making It is a multi-media, rock show collage of song, text, and video which traces the unlikely careers of Stew and Heidi from the dive rock clubs of Hollywood to the footlights of Broadway — with Stew as the guide. Stew and Heidi's latest musical journey traces their careers from under the radar into the mainstream, mass media spotlight of Broadway, accompanied by six multi-instrumentalists led by Stew, interweaving their personal narratives on what happened to them along the way of Making It."  



  • End of the Road
    Young@Heart and No Theater
    April 20-May 2, 2010
    The final installment in the trilogy of rock-tinged concerts (Road to Heaven, Road to Nowhere) from the chorus comprised of 70-90-year-old singers, "is an exploration of how music and songs have a unique power to transcend age. It questions why an antique objet d'art often increases in value with age, while older people and performers are seldom treasured. The three 'movements' of the work are built around songs of longing, songs of community and songs of the spirit, taking us on a journey through the 20th century, with ballads giving way to songs of sexual love and the joy and energy of friendship. The chorus sings of the soul and of memories, concluding serenely with a sense of the wisdom that can come with age." St. Ann's will also host the return of the Great Small Works Toy Theatre Festival (May 20—30, 2010) and Labapalooza! Mini Festival of New Puppet Theater from the Lab (June 2—6, 2010).

    For further information phone (718) 254-8779 or visit

    St. Ann's Warehouse is located at 38 Water Street (between Main and Dock St.) in Brooklyn, New York.

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