ST. ANN’S WAREHOUSE 2020 FALL SEASON

You can’t come to us right now. So we come to you — live, in Brooklyn Bridge Park, at home, and on your screens!

The Fall 2020 Season takes note of St. Ann’s long history of enlightened, politically engaged artists, beginning at the St. Ann’s Church in the 1980’s – featuring GET BACK! live roof concerts – Beatles style; guerrilla protest projections; visual art in our archways on the facade of St. Ann’s Warehouse.

We kick off virtual programming with Romantics Anonymous, Directed by Emma Rice and broadcast live from the Bristol Old Vic. Streaming free, we present impassioned productions from St. Ann’s storied-past speaking to current life. Our Legacy Series features The Donmar’s all-female Shakespeare Trilogy on-screen (Julius Caesar, Henry IV, The Tempest) and two seminal rock concert films,Lou Reed / John Cale Songs for Drella: A Fiction (1990), and Lou Reed’s Berlin Live at St. Ann’s Warehouse (2007). With their tough exteriors and underlying vulnerabilities exposed — this fall defines the daring and transgressive tone of what St. Ann’s Warehouse became, here at the intersection where theater meets rock and roll.

We feel the urgency of social issues more than ever and call for empathy and community action. In this spirit, we launch our 2020 Fall Season.

Remembering The First Lady of DUMBO, Jane Walentas

The Board and staff of St. Ann’s Warehouse mourn the passing of our dear friend Jane Walentas. A beautiful soul with a savvy mixture of pragmatism and creativity, Jane’s kindness, warmth, and singular style were inspirational.  Jane epitomized the spirit of DUMBO, which she, her husband, David, and son Jed, pioneered into a vibrant waterfront neighborhood and cultural destination. Jane’s Carousel, which she meticulously restored over twenty years, testifies to Jane’s vision for making public spaces festive and alive.  Jane, we are so grateful for your friendship and love and all that you gave to the life of St. Ann’s Warehouse. We will continue to see you everywhere.  We offer our deepest love and compassion to David and Jed for this devastating loss. Bells should toll for our First Lady of DUMBO.

Joseph S. Steinberg, Chair
Susan Feldman, President/Artistic Director
St. Ann’s Warehouse 

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

St. Ann’s Warehouse stands in solidarity with #BlackLivesMatter in its mission to “eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes…. [to combat and counter] acts of violence, creating space for Black imagination and innovation, and centering Black joy.”

We condemn the murder of George Floyd, the latest in a long history of Black lives lost to state-sanctioned violence in this country.  

We also condemn anyone who would pervert the message and mission of BLM in order to deflect from the toxic wrongdoing and injustice at hand, which continues to threaten the very lives of friends, family members, and neighbors. It’s an old trick that perpetuates blaming the victim and undermines every fabric of civil society. 

Enough is enough. Black Lives Matter. 

Available Resources:
Brooklyn Community Bail Fund
Black-Owned Brooklyn

Additionally, How to Support the Struggle Against Police Brutality

Hal Willner Legacy at St. Ann's, A Snapshot

Susan Feldman, the board and staff of St. Ann’s Warehouse; Janine Nichols and all the former staff members of Arts at St. Ann’s, mourn the loss of our dear friend Hal Willner, music producer extraordinaire, unbounded creative force, consummate aficionado of eclectic, exquisite musical taste and 1950’s TV. From our beginnings, he worked a wondrous alchemy of artists and concepts in Halloween and tribute concerts of lasting and elegant impact. Harry Smith Project, Greetings from Tim Buckley, among many, changed lives. A seeming chaos was always the special sauce in a Hal Willner show. We will miss you, dear soul. We offer our sincerest support and love to Sheila and Arlo.