BALLYTURK comes to St. Ann’s Warehouse from the Galway International Arts Festival from January 9 to 28, 2018, in DUMBO .
Two men unravel quickly over the course of 90 minutes. Who are they? What room is this, and what might be beyond the walls? Gut-wrenchingly funny and achingly poignant, Ballyturk scratches beneath the surface of rural Ireland, reminiscent of The Walworth Farce and Misterman…Walsh at his best.
Ballyturk, in fact, seems to be a place constructed daily from the minds of two men, trapped together in a vast room without doors or windows, who perform the frantic and frazzled stories of a place they imagine beyond its walls. Occasionally, though, evidence of an outside world intrudes: chatty voices burble through a wall, a buzzing fly makes an entrance and a potted flower mysteriously appears. Such signs of life are entrancing and perplexing.
Yet the play is closer to a meditation on death; that undiscovered country. “And what will I do?” asks one friend when the other offers to die. “You’ll live,” comes the reply. Given a choice between the strange energy that keeps them in this confined world, and the beige unknowns of life beyond its limits, its hard to know which is the better option.
Runtime: Approx. 90 minutes with no intermission
ABOUT ST. ANN’S WAREHOUSE
In the heart of Brooklyn Bridge Park, under the vision of St. Ann’s Warehouse founder and Artistic Director Susan Feldman, Marvel Architects, DBI Projects, theater consultants Charcoalblue and a team of expert engineers have designed a theater that offers St. Ann’s signature versatility and grandeur on an amplified scale while respecting the walls of the original 1860 Tobacco Warehouse. The new building complex includes, a Studio for smaller-scale events and community uses, as well as The Max Family Garden designed by landscape architects Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, which is open to Brooklyn Bridge Park visitors during Park hours, and Bar Jolie curated by Vinegar Hill House in the lobby.
Among the many acclaimed St. Ann’s productions are Lou Reed and John Cale’s Songs for ’Drella; Marianne Faithfull’s Blazing Away; Artistic Director Susan Feldman’s Band in Berlin; Carter Burwell, Charlie Kaufman and the Coen Brothers’ Theater of the New Ear; The Wooster Group’s Hamlet, The Emperor Jones, To You, the Birdie!; Mark Rylance’s Measure for Measure and Nice Fish; Antony’s Turning; Mabou Mines’ DollHouse; Lou Reed’s Berlin; Cynthia Hopkins’ Accidental Trilogy; Enda Walsh’s The Last Hotel, The Walworth Farce and Misterman with Cillian Murphy; TR Warszawa’s Macbeth, Festen, and 4:48 Psychosis; The National Theatre of Scotland’s Black Watch and Let The Right One In; the American debuts of Jeff Buckley, Daniel Kitson and Kate Tempest; Yael Farber’s Mies Julie; Dmitry Krymov’s Opus No. 7; Emma Rice/Kneehigh’s Brief Encounter, Tristan & Yseult; The Donmar Warehouse and Phyllida Lloyd’s all-female Shakespeare Trilogy; Tricycle Theatre’s Red Velvet; and the Young Vic’s A Streetcar Named Desire.