St. Ann’s Warehouse presents the American premiere of ARLINGTON, Written and Directed by Enda Walsh, from May 3 to May 28, 2017, on the waterfront in DUMBO.
Italian film composer Teho Teardo and choreographer Emma Martin join the three exquisite performers to as the Sunday Times describes, “push theatrical boundaries resulting in a powerful experience in which [dance], music and video collide."
Isla waits in a waiting room in a tower as a man watches her, documents her every move and pulls her dreams from her. In this brave new world, Enda Walsh dares to imagine that the individual might somehow survive and that there’s still a place for love.
Intensely moving, layered performances… A powerfully political work… that's thought-provoking and bewildering… given what can only be called a towering production… –THE INDEPENDENT
Enda Walsh is a multi-award-winning Irish playwright. His work has been translated into over twenty languages and has been performed internationally since 1998. His plays include Ballyturk, Room 303, presented at the Galway International Arts Festival (2014), Misterman, presented by Landmark productions and GIAF in Ireland, London and New York (2011-2012); and several plays for Druid Theatre Company, including Penelope, which has been presented in Ireland, America and London from 2010-2011, The New Electric Ballroom, which played Ireland, Australia, Edinburgh, London, New York, and Los Angeles from 2008-2009, and The Walworth Farce, which played Ireland, Edinburgh, London and New York, as well as an American and Australian tour, from 2007-2010.
He won Tony Award in 2012 for writing the book for the musical Once, which went on to play on Broadway, in the West End and a US tour. His film work includes Disco Pigs (Temple Films/Renaissance) and Hunger (Blast/FILM4).
Walsh spent 18 months co-creating the musical Lazarus with David Bowie, which opened on Broadway in December 2015 - only a few weeks before the pop icon died of liver cancer.
About St. Ann’s Warehouse St. Ann’s Warehouseplays a vital role on the global cultural landscape as an American artistic home for international companies of distinction, American avant-garde masters and talented emerging artists ready to work on a grand scale. St. Ann’s signature flexible, open space allows artists to stretch, both literally and imaginatively, enabling them to approach work with unfettered creativity, knowing that the theater can be adapted in multiple configurations to suit their needs. In the heart of Brooklyn Bridge Park, St. Ann’s Warehouse has designed a spectacular waterfront theater that opened in October 2015. The new theater offers St. Ann’s signature versatility and grandeur on an amplified scale while respecting the walls of an original 1860’s Tobacco Warehouse. The building complex includes a second space, a Studio, for St. Ann’s Puppet Lab, smaller-scale events and community uses, as well as The Max Family Garden, designed by landscape architects Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates and open to Brooklyn Bridge Park visitors during Park hours. Susan Feldman founded Arts at St. Ann’s (now St. Ann’s Warehouse) in 1980 as part of the New York Landmarks Conservancy, to help save the National Historic Landmark Church of St. Ann and the Holy Trinity on Montague Street in Brooklyn Heights. For twenty-one years, St. Ann’s presented a decidedly eclectic array of concert and theater performances in the church sanctuary. From Fall 2001 through the 2014-15 season, the organization activated found spaces in DUMBO with the world’s most imaginative theater- and music-makers, helping to make the burgeoning neighborhood a destination for New Yorkers and tourists alike. After twelve years (2001-2012) in a warehouse that was located at 38 Water Street, St. Ann’s transformed another raw space at 29 Jay Street, turning it into an interim home for three years (2012-2015) while the organization adapted the then-roofless Tobacco Warehouse at 45 Water Street in Brooklyn Bridge Park into the new St. Ann’s Warehouse. The Inaugural Season, November 2015 – June 2016, featured signature international presentations that continually demonstrated the flexibility of the new St. Ann’s Warehouse. The season began with the Donmar Warehouse all-female Henry IV, directed by Phyllida Lloyd and starring Harriet Walter, and continued with The Last Hotel, a new opera from Donnacha Dennehy and Enda Walsh; Nice Fish, written by Mark Rylance and prose poet Louis Jenkins after Jenkins’ prose poems, and performed by a cast led by Rylance; the Young Vic’s immensely acclaimed production of A Streetcar Named Desire, directed by Benedict Andrews, with an explosive cast led by Gillian Anderson, Ben Foster, Vanessa Kirby and Corey Johnson; and Bianco, from the Cardiff-based international contemporary circus company NoFitState, which St. Ann’s presented in a flying-saucer shaped tent erected under the Brooklyn Bridge in May 2016. Almost four decades of consistently acclaimed landmark productions that found their American home at St. Ann’s include Lou Reed’s and John Cale’s Songs for ‘Drella; Marianne Faithfull’s Seven Deadly Sins; Artistic Director Susan Feldman’s Band in Berlin; Charlie Kaufman and the Coen Brothers’ Theater of the New Ear; The Royal Court and TR Warszawa productions of Sarah Kane’s 4:48 Psychosis; The Globe Theatre of London’s Measure for Measure with Mark Rylance; Druid Company’s The Walworth Farce, The New Electric Ballroom and Penelope by Enda Walsh and Walsh’s Misterman, featuring Cillian Murphy; Lou Reed’s Berlin; the National Theater of Scotland’s Black Watch; Kneehigh Theatre’s Brief Encounter and Tristan & Yseult; Yael Farber’s Mies Julie; Dmitry Krymov Lab’s Opus No. 7; the Donmar Warehouse all-female Julius Caesar and Henry IV; Kate Tempest’s Brand New Ancients; Tricycle Theatre’s Red Velvet and, most recently, the National Theatre of Scotland’s Let the Right One In. St. Ann’s has championed such artists as The Wooster Group, Mabou Mines, Jeff Buckley, Cynthia Hopkins, Emma Rice and Daniel Kitson, and presented an historic David Bowie concert in 2002. The new St. Ann’s Warehouse retains the best of its past homes: the sense of sacred space of the organization’s original home in the Church, and the vastness and endless capacity for reconfiguration artists have harnessed in St. Ann’s temporary warehouses in DUMBO. For more information, please visitwww.stannswarehouse.org.