Now that the Two Trees’ Dock Street DUMBO project will move forward following yesterday’s City Council vote, what’s going to happen to St. Ann’s Warehouse, the theater at 38 Water St., which is on the lot slated for redevelopment? The New York Times checked in with artistic director Susan Feldman this morning, who said she hopes to stay in the neighborhood:
St. Ann’s, perhaps best known for presenting ground-breaking work from the Wooster Group and for the recent Scottish production of “Black Watch,” has two more seasons at its Water Street location before moving, Ms. Feldman said. She said an “ideal choice” would be moving into the nearby Civil-War era Tobacco Warehouse, on the Brooklyn Waterfront, where St. Ann’s produced “Macbeth” last summer.
That warehouse is a landmark, however, managed by the state agency in charge of parks and historic preservation, and it is far from clear if the state — not to mention the vocal preservationists of New York City — would allow St. Ann’s to use the space, Ms. Feldman said.
Other spaces in and around Brooklyn Bridge Park, Vinegar Hill, and Dumbo might also be options, but Ms. Feldman noted the challenge of finding open warehouse space that is physically and acoustically suited to theater. As patrons of the popular “Black Watch” may remember, the current St. Ann’s is a large rectangular space where seating can be easily moved to fit the show.