Saints Alive


Mirror, mirror on the wall: St.Ann’s Warehouse

Just received the schedule for the new season at St. Ann’s Warehouse, a favorite venue. (And expect an All About the Hamiltons highlighting Grimaldi’s and Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory as soon as I’m there next.) They’re continuing a commitment to international work, drawing from Scotland, Ireland, Poland, and Amsterdam.

After the jump, more specifics:

Highlights of the raw, non-didactic, emotional material St. Ann’s will premiere in 2007/2008 is the National Theatre of Scotland’s Black Watch, a spectacular production about young Scottish soldiers in Iraq, making its New York premiere at St. Ann’s Warehouse October 20 – November 11. Also exemplary are Dutch director Adelheid Roosen’s The Veiled Monologues and Is.Man, two plays (with music) about, respectively, the lives of Muslim women living in the West, and the closed world of Muslim men who have been convicted of honor killings. St. Ann’s Warehouse is the first to present Roosen’s compassionate new plays in repertory and in English, which will be performed October 2—14. Both Black Watch and The Veiled Monologues have been performed in Parliament in their respective countries; they promise to open significant new discourses in their Stateside premieres.

Other new works St. Ann’s will present in 2007/2008 include Paso Doble, a collaboration between Catalan painter Miguel Barceló and French choreographer/dancer Josef Nadj, who create and inhabit a clay “painting” together (September 14—16); the Gate Theatre Dublin’s Gate Theatre Beckett Season (Winter 2007, Dates TBA); the premiere of The Tiger Lillies’ Suicide for Christmas (December 13—15) and a newly commissioned musical project by Antony of Antony and the Johnsons (April 3—6, 2008). The season finale will be a sweeping, cinematic production of Macbeth, directed by the heralded young Polish director, Grzegorz Jarzyna, staged outdoors in the Tobacco Warehouse across the street from St. Ann’s Warehouse next June.