New York City
Connelly Theater
June 2017

Edinburgh Festival Fringe
ZOO Venues
August 2017

Baltimore, MD
Theatre Project
December 2017


Based on the story by Franz Kafka

Adapted by the company:


Performed by
Jonathan Levin

Written by
Josh Luxenberg

Directed by
Joshua William Gelb


"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.

December 14 - 17
At the baltimore theatre project



New YOrk Press

Directed by Joshua William Gelb from an elegant script by Josh Luxenberg, this visually arresting ‘Hunger Artist’ leads with enchantment... [Jon Levin] holds the audience in the palm of his hand.
— Laura Collins-Hughes, The New York Times
~ Four Stars, Critics Pick! ~
Surprisingly lovable... full of jokes and sudden sympathy... The artist starves, but we leave sated.
— Helen Shaw, Time Out New York
Boisterously funny and chokingly sad... through pure showmanship it defies expectation at almost every turn.
— Jon Sobel, Blogcritics
Hilarious and macabre… an unflagging sense of theatrical invention... So delightfully original is [Levin, Luxenberg, and Gelb’s] approach that I don’t want to spoil it for you… A Hunger Artist begins as a riotous vaudeville and darkens by degrees… Later on, you may want to discuss what it is all about; watching it, you’ll be too spellbound to ask questions.
— David Barbour, Lighting & Sound America
It’s almost as if Kafka himself willed it into being.
— David Finkle, Huffington Post
Thoroughly captivating...
devastatingly beautiful and ever so touching...
it won’t easily be forgotten.
— Front Mezz Junkies
~ Best Bet ~
A solo tour de force. [Levin is] like a cross between the characters of Will Eno and Charlie Chaplin… There isn’t a dull moment!
— Ran Xia, Theater is Easy
A Hunger Artist is the epitome of how theatrical elements can be used to turn incredible stories into transformative works of art... I urge you to see this powerful performance.
— Virginia Jimenez, Times Square Chronicles

The Team

Set and Costume Design: Peiyi Wong
Lighting Design: Kate McGee
Sound Design: M. Florian Staab
Puppet Design: Charlie Kanev and Sarah Nolen
Props and Toy Theater: Jonathan Levin
Additional Props and Puppets: Ariel Lauryn

Producer: Audrey Frischman
Production Manager: Will Jennings
Production Stage Manager: Elizabeth Ramsay

The Tank Co-Artistic Directors: Rosalind Grush & Meghan Finn

Press Rep (NYC): Karen Greco PR
Press Rep (Edinburgh): Matthew Shelly, Scottish Festivals PR


New York City
Connelly Theater
June 1 - 27


220 E. 4th Street (btw Aves A & B)
Box Office: (646) 343-1584

Performance times vary
Tickets: $15 - $35

Presented by The Tank
as part of the Flint & Tinder Series

The Tank is a non-profit arts presenter serving emerging artists engaged in the pursuit of new ideas and forms of expression.

Edinburgh Fringe
Zoo Venues
August 4 - 28


140 The Pleasance, EH8 9RR
Box Office: 0131 662 6892 /

5:45 pm daily*
Tickets: £11 (£9)

ZOO's award-winning, intimate studio theatres host a feast of the best new writing, emerging dance companies, and breathtaking physical theatre from around the world.

*No performances Tuesdays

Theatre Project
December 14 - 17


45 W. Preston St.
Box Office: (410) 752-8558

5 performances only
Tickets: $15 - $25

Theatre Project —through the presentation of a diverse array of original and experimental theatre, music, and dance — connects the artists and audiences of Baltimore with a global community of performers.


Booking Inquiries

A Hunger Artist is available for touring.

Please contact:
Amanda Cooper
ALC Management


Past Performances

September 27 & 28, 2016
at the New Ohio Theater
Work-in-progress presentation

November 5, 2016
at the UnitedSolo Festival
Work-in-progress presentation
WINNER - Award for "Best Satire"


A Hunger Artist was first developed at The Freight Residency (2015) and it has since been performed in developmental workshops at Cloud City and Jalopy.

This production of Kafka’s A Hunger Artist made possible by funding from:

The New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature

The Jim Henson Foundation

The Nancy Quinn Fund, a program of the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York (A.R.T./New York)

Subsidized studio space provided by the A.R.T./New York Creative Space Grant, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation

The LIT Fund