'Brief Encounter' to make New York premiere
The New York preem of the hit London staging of “Brief Encounter,” an Enda Walsh play and a new concert work by Stew are among the offerings on tap for the 2009-10 season at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn.Kneehigh Company’s multimedia redux of 1946 pic “Brief Encounter,” which played a 450-seat movie theater in London, has been on the radar for a Gotham run since it bowed in Blighty last year. Kneehigh a.d. Emma Rice directs the show, running Dec. 2-Jan. 3. “The New Electric Ballroom,” the latest from Irish scribe Walsh (“The Walworth Farce”), is staged by Galway’s Druid Theater, which produced the play’s preem at the Edinburgh Fringe Fest last summer. Play follows three sisters who repeatedly re-live the events of a pivotal night in their lives. American preem runs at St. Ann’s Oct. 27-Nov. 22. The autobiographical offering from Stew (“Passing Strange”), “Making It” (Feb. 17-21), centers on Stew’s career as a musician with collaborator Heidi Rodewald. Show is a co-commission from St. Ann’s. The 2009-10 season, the 30th for the org, includes “End of the Road” (April 20-May 2), featuring senior-citizens chorus Young@Heart, as well as a concert from the band the Tiger Lillies and fests dedicated to puppetry and toy theater.
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