An international presenting model grows in Brooklyn: St. Ann’s Warehouse

No New York theatre trip feels quite complete without a visit to St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn.

Recently relocated to 29 Jay Street in DUMBO (just in time for Sandy), a few blocks away from Water Street, where they have been the last few years, St. Ann’s is a model of international presenting. Artistic Director Susan Feldman travels the world’s theatre festivals and brings home the very best. It’s a great concept, somewhat akin to what happens during Portland’s TBA festival. Could a year round theatre in Portland presenting top flight international shows work?

The wall of past show posters inside the entrance is hard to look at, because you instantly want to see them all. Many New York season highlights have made their way through this configurable space over the years, including Druid Ireland’s productions of THE WALWORTH FARCE, THE NEW ELECTRIC BALLROOM, and PENELOPE (all by Enda Walsh), and The National Theatre of Scotland’s unstoppable BLACK WATCH.

This time we saw Yael Farber’s torrid, mythical MIES JULIE (NYT, Guardian), a flame-broiled adaptation of the Strindberg classic set in 2012 post apartheid South Africa.

St. Ann’s is a force. You wouldn’t know from the outside that this old warehouse has some of the best theatre in town.