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Theater Company Gets New Home In Iconic Brooklyn Bridge Park Warehouse

St. Ann's Warehouse Takes Over Former Civil War-Era Tobacco Warehouse
Groundbreaking for new home of St. Ann's Warehouse theater in Brooklyn Bridge Park, Oct. 31, 2013. (credit: Marla Diamond/WCBS 880)

Groundbreaking for new home of St. Ann’s Warehouse theater in Brooklyn Bridge Park, Oct. 31, 2013. (credit: Marla Diamond/WCBS 880)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A groundbreaking was held Thursday for a Brooklyn theater company.

As WCBS 880′s Marla Diamond reported, St. Ann’s Warehouse, an avant-garde theater company, has an unconventional new home in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

The theater company will soon host performances and concerts at a roofless Civil War-era tobacco warehouse.

The iconic warehouse has for years housed community events.

“I think many, many people love this space. The community was very active in saving it back in the late 1990s when the roof collapsed,” St. Ann’s founder and artistic director Susan Feldman told Diamond.

The troupe is now performing an all-female version of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar.”

Groundbreaking for new home of St. Ann's Warehouse in Brooklyn Bridge Park, Oct. 31, 2013. (credit: Marla Diamond/WCBS 880)

Groundbreaking for new home of St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn Bridge Park, Oct. 31, 2013. (credit: Marla Diamond/WCBS 880)

Part of the tobacco warehouse will remain open to the public as landscaped gardens.

“I don’t think they’re going to have loss. I think they’re going to have gain, tremendous gain by us being here,” said Feldman.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg was on hand to help break ground for the theater.

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