St. Ann's Warehouse welcomes the New York Premiere of the acclaimed production 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips from March 16 to April 9, 2017, at the theater in DUMBO.
Kneehigh brings their full arsenal of live music, puppetry, dance and visual hi jinx to this brand new adaptation of the original novel by Michael Morpurgo (War Horse).
Directed by Emma Rice, (now the Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe) 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips is the true story of British townsfolk and the African American soldiers sent to rehearse the Normandy invasion from their shores. Seen through the eyes of a little girl and her beloved cat, 946 overturns everything we thought we knew about the D-Day landings.
Set in the sleepy Devonshire village of Slapton, a world away from the front line, Morpurgo’s story follows one family in a snapshot of homefront life. While the war rages elsewhere, Grandpa Tregenza (Mike Shepherd) and his daughter plough on in the fields, and 12-year-old Lily (Katy Owen) is as mischievous as ever, forever chasing after her pet cat Tips. Life, as they say, goes on.
And yet, everything changes. Even here, in deepest Devon, the war makes its presence felt. Fathers are absent and supplies are short. A trainload of evacuees arrive, then a garrison of US soldiers on training exercises, among them Adi (Ncuti Gatwa) and Harry (Nandi Bhebe). They provide the stage adaptation’s title: 946 died when a D-Day trial run was ambushed by German U-boats. One crossed wire — that’s all — left almost a thousand men dead.
Morpurgo shows that modern war makes the whole world a battleground, but Kneehigh push back with playful aplomb. With the upbeat jollity of an military variety show — there are drag turns and spoons routines — the whole thing insists that it takes more than a world war to bring the human spirit down. Adebayo Bolaji and his blues band burst into song, and American soldiers erupt into fizzing jives. Fluffy white clouds hang behind Les Brotherston’s sandbag fortress. Hershey bars are handed out. Young love still blossoms and friendships still form.
Voices On Talkback | TUE MAR 21 Following the 8PM performance please join us for a talkback with director, Emma Rice, and co-adaptor, Michael Morpurgo.
Michael Morpurgo: Discussion and Signing at Drama Book Shop | FRI MAR 24 The Drama Book Shop is pleased to welcome celebrated author Michael Morpurgo (War Horse) for a discussion and signing of The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips. Friday, March 24th at 5:00pm, free to the public.
Inside Circle Night | THU MAR 30 Inside Circle Dinner | THU MAR 23
American Express® Card Member Event | WED APR 5 Following the 7:30pm performance, please join us for an exclusive post-show event.
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.