Nov 13, 2019 - Dec 1, 2019

Tickets start at $35

History of Violence

St. Ann's Warehouse

45 Water St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

This November, director Thomas Ostermeier and Schaubühne Berlin return to St. Ann’s Warehouse with Édouard Louis’ stunning autobiographical novel History of Violence. Through the fractured recall of Édouard, his sister, police, and doctors, the “brave and ambitious” (The Guardian) book and play reconstruct the trauma of a desire-filled encounter turned violent. A layered retelling that is both devastating and funny, the production uncovers deeply rooted societal racism, homophobia, and rage unbridled under obscure, repressive power structures until all that remains is a nuanced, closely guarded memory.

Run Time: 2 Hours, No Intermission.
Performed in German with English Supertitles.

Nudity and sexual situations.
Recommended for ages 16+

Coproduction with Théâtre de la Ville Paris, Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles and St. Ann’s Warehouse.

This production is part of a series of events celebrating Édouard Louis in collaboration with BAM, which will present The End of Eddy as part of the 2019 Next Wave Festival.

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Édouard Louis

Born Eddy Bellegueule in Hallencourt, France, in 1992, Édouard Louis is a novelist and the editor of a scholarly work on the social scientist Pierre Bourdieu. He is the author of The End of Eddy, History of Violence, and Who Killed My Father.

St. Ann's Warehouse

St. Ann’s Warehouse plays a vital role on the global cultural landscape as an 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 figuratively, 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, under the vision of St. Ann’s founder and Artistic Director Susan Feldman, Marvel ArchitectsDBI 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.

Almost four decades of consistently acclaimed landmark productions that found a home at St. Ann’s include: Lou Reed’s and John Cale’s Songs for ‘Drella; Charlie Kaufman and the Coen Brothers’ Theater of the New Ear; TR Warszawa productions of FestenMacbeth (outdoors in the Tobacco Warehouse), and Sarah Kane’s 4:48 Psychosis; The Globe Theatre of London’s Measure for Measure with Mark Rylance; Druid Company’s The Walworth Farce by Enda Walsh; Walsh’s Misterman, featuring Cillian Murphy, Arlington, and Ballyturk; Lou Reed’s Berlin; the National Theatre of Scotland’s Black Watch and Let the Right One In; Kneehigh Theatre’s Brief Encounter946, and Tristan & Yseult; the Donmar Warehouse/Phyllida Lloyd’s All-Female Shakespeare TrilogyJulius CaesarHenry IVThe Tempest; the Young Vic production of A Streetcar Named Desire with Gillian Anderson; Mark Rylance’s Nice Fish; and the World Premiere of Taylor Mac’s A 24-Decade History of Popular Music, including the one-time only 24-hour marathon in 2016. Last season, St. Ann’s presented the National Theatre/Headlong production of People, Places & Things with Denise Gough and the Schaubühne Berlin’s Returning to Reims, directed by Thomas Ostermeier. This season: Daniel Fish’s reimagined Oklahoma!, Good Chance Theatre’s The Jungle, and The Wooster Group’s The B-Side.