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Fall 2017 is Full of Puppet Theater in NYC!
Check out our calendar of recommended shows here.

Connelly Theater

220 E. 4th St.
New York, NY

A Hunger Artist *

Sinking Ship Productions

January 10 - 16, 2018
Wed. Jan. 10th @ 7:30pm
Thu. Jan. 11th @ 7:30pm
Fri. Jan 12th @ 4pm
Fri. Jan 12th @ 10pm
Sat. Jan. 13th @ 1pm
Mon. Jan. 15th @ 7:30pm
Tue. Jan. 16th @ 1pm
$25 (pay-what-you-wish available through Jan. 1)

Sinking Ship's A HUNGER ARTIST returns to the Connelly Theater for seven performances only after acclaimed runs in New York, Edinburgh (Winner of the Lustrum Award for Excellence) and Baltimore.

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

A man sits alone in a cage, starving himself for your entertainment. Sinking Ship Productions' unique, visually-striking adaptation of the Franz Kafka short story uses physical theater, Victorian miniatures, puppetry, and a set of simple props to support a powerhouse solo performance.

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.

"Directed by Joshua William Gelb from an elegant script by Josh Luxenberg, this visually arresting 'Hunger Artist' leads with enchantment... [Levin] holds the audience in the palm of his hand." -The New York Times

"A bravura display of theatrical skill... the best, most complete work I've seen this year. If I had a sixth star, it would get one." -FringeGuru (Edinburgh)

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


558 St. Johns Place
Brooklyn, NY
Maiko Kikuchi: from Daydream Tutorial

Puppetry at FiveMyles

Sachiyo Takahashi *, Hilary Chaplain, Maiko Kikuchi

January 25, 2018

FiveMyles presents an evening of three works in progress: Sachiyo Takahashi's Everything starts from a Dot, Hilary Chaplain's The Last Rat of Theresienstadt, and Maiko Kikuchi's Daydream Turorial. Sachiyo is the recipient of a Jim Henson Production Grant.

La MaMa - Ellen Stewart Theatre

66 E 4th Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY

Ajijaack on Turtle Island

A Heather Henson Production Co-Directed by Ty Defoe & Heather Henson

February 8 - 18, 2018
Thursday to Saturday at 7pm; Sunday at 2pm
$25 Adult Tickets; $20 Students/Seniors (plus $1 Facility Fee)

Separated from her family, young whooping crane Ajijaack undertakes her first migration from Canada to coastal Texas alone. Her journey is disrupted by environmental, industrial, and mythical chaos. Ajijaack must follow her intuition to fly onward, learning from the neo-indigenous communities she encounters along the way. Bringing community together through puppetry, traditional dances, projections, and kites, Ajijaack on Turtle Island will inspire the next generation of eco-champions.


145 Sixth Avenue
New York, NY

Symphonie Fantastique *

Basil Twist

March 29 - May 31, 2018
Tue - Sat @ 8:30pm
Saturdays & Sundays @ 4pm

Twenty years ago in 1998, Basil Twist debuted his boundary-breaking response to Berlioz’s 1830 "Symphonie Fantastique" to universal acclaim, inaugurating HERE's intimate Dorothy B. Williams Theatre. In the two decades since Symphonie Fantastique's premiere, Basil Twist has become an internationally recognized artist in opera, ballet, and on Broadway, and has won countless awards including the illustrious MacArthur Fellowship. Twist will revisit his legendary masterpiece as part of HERE’s 25th Anniversary Season. In this revival, accompanied live by a virtuosic pianist playing the exquisite Liszt transcription, Symphonie floats and swirls in a 1,000-gallon water tank neatly disguised as a puppet stage. For the many who never saw it, and for those who relish seeing it again and again, the return of this tour de force to HERE is the event of the season.

* Recipient of a Jim Henson Foundation Presenters Grant (2017), Production Grant (1998) and Workshop Grant (1996)

Museum of the Moving Image

The Jim Henson Exhibition

Museum of the Moving Image

starting July 22, 2017
Wednesday-Thursday 10:30am-5:00pm
Friday 10:30am-8:00pm
Saturday-Sunday 10:30am-6:00pm

Opening Saturday July 22, 2017

The Jim Henson Exhibition explores Henson's groundbreaking work for film and television and his transformative impact on popular culture. This new exhibition features approximately 300 objects to tell the story of how Henson and a talented team of designers, performers, and writers created an unparalleled body of work that continues to delight and inspire people of all ages. Among the highlights are nearly 50 puppets including Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Rowlf, Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Gobo Fraggle, and Wendell Porcupine; character sketches, storyboards, scripts, and photographs; and nearly 30 monitors with video clips from throughout his career and three large-scale video installations.

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.