St. Ann's Warehouse welcomes back the Donmar Warehouse to present the American screen premieres of their acclaimed, visceral all-female Shakespeare Trilogy — Julius Caesar, Henry IV, and The Tempest. In 2016, following a 13-week final repertory season, the plays were filmed in front of a live audience in London and edited for the screen to include separately shot, handheld, and GoPro footage breaking the formality of the traditional live camera "capture" of stage productions. Having had their U.S. premieres at St. Ann's Warehouse, these productions now return to the Brooklyn waterfront theater as striking films. Kicking off with Julius Caesar, the films are screened in marathon form, presenting the entirety of the vividly cohesive world the Trilogy created over the course of a packed weekend. Audiences have the chance to see all three onscreen versions in one day, over three days, or individually.
In the meta-theatrical trilogy, developed and produced over the course of five years, the actors played inmates in a women's prison assuming the characters in Shakespeare's plays. This layered motif brought out the tense and often brutal power dynamics evoked by Shakespeare, which get magnified in the context of the prison as a space designed to isolate and strip people of their agency.