By Emily Krawzyck and Jasmine Rochelle
On Thursday, June 2nd, The Laughing Lesbian Founder Emily Krawczyk, attended a performance of A Streetcar Named Desire at St. Ann’s Warehouse. While there, she met with world-renowned actress, Gillian Anderson, to present a donation for the St. Ann’s Warehouse Gala Fund on behalf of the publication. Krawczyck met briefly with Anderson after her performance, and The Laughing Lesbian wants to share the experience with you!
After a successful run at Londonai??i??s Young Vic, director Benedict Andrews brought Tennessee Williamsai??i?? A Streetcar Named Desire to Brooklynai??i??s St. Annai??i??s Warehouse. Andrewsai??i?? modernized adaptation of Williamsai??i?? classic was not to be missed, and judging by the lines wrapping around the building for last minute tickets, it wasnai??i??t. The beautiful tobacco warehouse turned hip new theater under the Brooklyn Bridge was the perfect setting for 632 Elysian Fields in New Orleansai??i?? French Quarter.
Waiting for the show, guests can lounge around at high top tables and plush benches sipping high-end cocktails under vaulted ceilings that still hold the rustic charm of the old tobacco warehouse. This trendy venue is matched by its kind and helpful staff who take great pride in their theater and are always eager to chat and share their knowledge of the historical space.
A household name, Gillian Anderson has done her fair share ofAi??metamorphoses, transforming
herself into the strong feminist detective, Stella Gibson from Netflixai??i??s The Fall, to stepping decades back in time in roles for Dickensai??i?? Bleak House and Great Expectations to the just recently announced goddess, Media, from Bryan Fullerai??i??s adaptation of the novel American Gods, by bestselling author Neil Gaiman. Anderson melted away, leaving a fraying Blanche DuBois tottering on heels under a paper lantern that was dimmed by the brightness of Gillian Anderson as the iconic yet heartbreaking Blanche. Flanked by her cast mates, Ben Foster (Stanley Kowalski), Vanessa Kirby (Stella), and Corey Johnson (Mitch), Gillian led a brilliant but anxiety-inducing spiral into the sweltering summer in the quarter. Andersonai??i??s talent is unmatched; there were moments when she completely disappeared from the stage as she dissolved into Blanche and I forgot I was in the old tobacco warehouse, but had become a part of the world Tennessee had envisioned. Her performance was more than engaging; it was all encompassing and transformative. It was something I will never forget.
After the show, an exhausted Ms. Anderson met with me and I was relieved to see that she was not only okay, but a complete opposite of the stunning but haunting character she had just portrayed. After six weeks of immersing herself into the life of Blanche DuBois, her body had taken a beating and I couldnai??i??t help but wonder how she got through it mentally day after day, night after night. But Gillian laughed her iconic laugh and spoke to me with such a genuine affection, I knew, in that moment, that it was alright to always depend on the kindness of strangers.
St. Annai??i??s Warehouse recently transformed a pre-Civil War former tobacco warehouse on the Brooklyn Bridge Park Waterfront into a state-of-the-art theater. The facility provides a permanent home for the organization, which, since 1980, has played 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. Annai??i??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.
If you would like to donate to St. Ann’s Warehouse, please visit St. Ann’s Warehouse. If you’d like to plan your own trip to St. Ann’s, please visit their main page. We at the Laughing Lesbian want to personally thank Ms. Gillian Anderson for her kindness and generosity, and Ms. Susan Feldman and Mr. Patrick Galvin for opening your stunning theater to our staff.