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Lincoln Center Education

Clark Studio Theater, Rose Building, 165 West 65th Street
New York, NY
Gary Upay'aq Beaver (Central Yup'ik), Justin Perkins, and Ryan Conarro in Homer, Alaska during a two week developmental residency.

Ping Chong


Ping Chong + Company

May 27 - 28, 2017
Saturday, May 27, 2pm
Saturday, May 27, 7:30pm
Sunday, May 28, 2pm

Join us for preview showings of Ping Chong + Company's newest theatrical work, ALAXSXA | ALASKA, ahead of the show's tour of Alaska. Presented by special arrangement with Lincoln Center Education.

ALAXSXA | ALASKA weaves puppetry, video, recorded interviews, and Alaska Native drumming and dancing in a collage of stories of encounter between indigenous communities and newcomers to the Great Land. The title of the piece includes the ancient Unangax tribal name for the rocky shores of the Alaska Peninsula: Alaxsxa (uh-LUK-shuh). This word is mirrored by and juxtaposed against the familiar, Anglicized version of this place name: "Alaska." The title serves as a metaphor for the personal and cultural clashes that lie at the heart of this project.

Performers Ryan Conarro and Gary Upay'aq Beaver (Central Yup'ik), along with puppeteer Justin Perkins, use movement and puppetry to reveal a series of little-known historical narratives of cultural collision, alongside Beaver and Conarro's personal stories from Alaska life.

* Recipient of a Jim Henson Foundation Production Grant (2017) and Workshop Grant (2016)


145 6th Ave (entrance on Dominick St)
New York, NY


Dark Circus *


May 30 - June 4, 2017
Tue-Sat @ 8:30pm
Sun @ 4pm

A nose-diving trapezist, an animal trainer gobbled up by his lion, and a human cannonball that never returns from outer space: this is one tragic circus. Despite the catastrophes, French puppet company STEREOPTIK elevates the spectacle with a visual feast of imagination. With a brand of visual theatre magic that features live music, exquisite ink drawings, shadow puppetry, sand animation, and revelatory object theatre, their ironic humor meets childlike wonder, and an extraordinary Dark Circus is born.

* Recipient of a Jim Henson Foundation Presenters Grant (2017)

The Connelly Theater

220 East 4th Street
New York, NY
Jon Levin in Sinking Ship Productions’ A HUNGER ARTIST

Josh Luxenberg

Kafka's A Hunger Artist *

Sinking Ship Productions

June 1 - 27, 2017
June 1, 2017, 8 p.m.
June 3, 2017, 6:30 p.m.
June 4, 2017, 2 p.m.
June 5, 6, & 7 2017, 8 p.m.
June 9 & 10 2017, 7 p.m.
June 11, 2017, 3 p.m.
June 13 & 15 2017, 8 p.m.
June 16, 2017, 7 p.m.
June 17, 2017, 2 p.m.
June 17, 2017, 7 p.m.
June 18, 19 & 20 2017, 8 p.m.
June 21, 2017, 7 p.m. & 9 p.m.
June 26 & 27 2017, 8 p.m.

"Beautifully imagined...full of heart...riddled with fun surprises, unfolding with ingenuity...It left me mentally and emotionally satiated." —Culturebot,

"Are you still starving? When are you going to stop...?"

A man sits alone in a cage, starving himself for your entertainment. Once cheered by thousands, the Hunger Artist is now forgotten by everyone except his one-time manager. What begins as a simple nostalgic story transforms into a startlingly inventive, darkly comic trip into the nature of memory, art, performance, and spectatorship, as told by the only person who remembers an artist whose act was simply... to hunger.

* Recipient of a Jim Henson Foundation Workshop Grant (2016)

Knockdown Center,

52-29 Flushing Ave.
Maspeth, NY

Baby, said Alice B. Toklas. . .

Hanne Tierney with Oskar Strautmanis

April 15 - May 28, 2017
Thu – Fri, 5pm – 9pm
Sat – Sun, 2pm – 8pm

This 15 min. self-performing puppet theater/installation is run on a loop by 12 motors that have been programmed by a robotic brain. Both, motors and the brain, operate in full view of the audience. Alice B. Toklas and Gertrude Stein argue over the virtue of Stein’s plays. Excerpts from two of her plays vindicate Stein’s belief in her avant garde genius. Zeitgeist music by Eric Satie.

New World Stages

340 West 50th Street
New York, NY

Photo: Carol Rosegg

Avenue Q

Robert Lopez & Jeff Marx (Music & Lyrics), Jeff Whitty (Book)

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday - 8:00pm
Saturday - 2:00pm & 8:00pm
Sunday - 3:00pm & 7:30pm

AVENUE Q is the story of Princeton, a bright-eyed college grad who comes to New York City with big dreams and a tiny bank account. He soon discovers that the only neighborhood in his price range is Avenue Q; still, the neighbors seem nice. There's Brian the out-of-work comedian and his therapist fiancee Christmas Eve; Nicky the good-hearted slacker and his roommate Rod -- a Republican investment banker who seems to have some sort of secret; an Internet addict called Trekkie Monster; and a very cute kindergarten teaching assistant named Kate. And would you believe the building's superintendent is Gary Coleman?!? (Yes, that Gary Coleman.) Together, Princeton and his newfound friends struggle to find jobs, dates, and their ever-elusive purpose in life.

Puppetry in NYC title image is from Project B - 3 Works, photo by Jane Stein.