Art + Culture

2013-2014 season highlights at St. Ann’s Warehouse

St. Ann’s Warehouse recently released their schedule for what looks to be a fantastic 2013-2014 season. Over the next few months, St. Ann’s space will “[transform] into a castle, a prison, and a mid-19th century Covent Garden Theatre for the occasion.”  With this great lineup, it seems like this season might be the perfect time to become a St. Ann’s member! Here are the season highlights:

Julius Caesar at St. Ann's Warehouse

Starting the season off with a bang (and live thrash metal band), the American premiere of Donmar Warehouse’s all-female production of Julius Caesar will burst through the walls of St. Ann’s Warehouse on October 3. Staged in the contemporary setting of a women’s prison, Phyllida Lloyd’s production features a powerhouse cast led by Harriet Walter, Frances Barber, Jenny Jules, and Cush Jumbo. The Observer called it  “one of the most important theatrical events of the year.” It will be running through November 3rd.

Daniel Kitson at St. Ann's Warehouse

Following the “Caesar Sisters”, English story-teller Daniel Kitson will be premiering his latest work, a new “story-show” to add to his wildly popular repertoire (“The Interminable Suicide of Gregory Church” (2011) and “It’s Always Right Now, Until It’s Later”(2012)). The New York Times calls him “a “monologuist extraordinaire — unconditionally engaged and engaging. Consistently and enthrallingly surprising.””  He will be at St. Ann’s for over a month, beginning November 22nd and ending December 21st, this show is a must-see!

In February, director Daniel Kramer who last directed Woyzeck at St. Ann’s, brings us a production of Bluebeard’s Castle (co-produced with New York City Opera and the English National Opera) that has gotten rave reviews for being both moving and incredibly fitting-for-our-times. The Arts Desk describes it as  “A master-stroke. I was frozen to my bones by this psycho-drama… The director has ripped from the pages of modern newspapers one of the most vital questions of today, which is just how far and appallingly men will go to define and license their own desires.”  It should make for some delightfully intense theater beginning February 28th and running until March 15th.

In March, theater-goers will be treated to the American premiere of Red Velvet starring Adrian Lester, whose performance in this role has earned him the Critics’ Circle Award for “Best Actor”.  The play is based on the true story of groundbreaking African-American actor Ira Aldridge (one of the first black actors ever to play Othello, a shocking turn for London’s intelligentsia in the 1830’s).  London-based Tricycle Theater developed the award-winning play with its passionate writer, Lolita Chakrabarti (winner of the Evening Standard’s “Most Promising Playwright” award). Red Velvet has been universally lauded by critics, earning four-star reviews from The Times [London], Financial Times, The Guardian, Time Out London and Evening Standard­­­. It will be running March 25th through April 20th.

La Divina Caricatura

First conceived as a poem in 1975,  Lee Breuer’s (who earned the title “the bad-boy of avante-garde theater” from the Village Voice) Animations series will come to a close with the presentation his magnum opus, La Divina Caricatura, at La MaMa’s Ellen Stewart Theater in the East Village.  A pop-opera for Bunraku puppets, La Divina Caricatura features live music that “takes us from Motown to Broadway, reggae to raga” (with Gregorian chants to boot). The lead character, a dog named Rose, fantasizes of a mad love affair with her master John, an East Village junkie. It’s fitting, then, that St. Ann’s crosses the river for La Divina Caricatura’s World Premiere December 6th through December 22nd.

This is just a taste of what’s coming to St. Anne’s Warehouse in the 2013-2014 season. There will be more shows added in the future, so we urge you to stay tuned! Also, for the first time, the organization offers Memberships and tickets earlier than ever, check out their website for more information.