Beautifully imagined… full of heart… riddled with very fun surprises, unfolding with ingenuity… It left me mentally and emotionally satiated.
— Elizabeth McGuire, Culturebot
Jon Levin. Photo by Josh Luxenberg.

Jon Levin. Photo by Josh Luxenberg.

Past Performances

September 27 & 28, 2016
at the New Ohio Theater
Workshop presentation

November 5, 2016
at the UnitedSolo Festival
Workshop presentation
WINNER - Award for "Best Satire"*

*We don't think it's a satire but we appreciate the recognition!

Booking Inquiries

A Hunger Artist is available for touring. Please contact:

Amanda Cooper
ALC Management

May 31st — June 27th, 2017

A Hunger Artist

Based on the story by Franz Kafka

Adapted by the company:

Performed by Jonathan Levin
Written by Josh Luxenberg
Directed by Joshua William Gelb

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

at the Connelly Theater
220 E. 4th St., NYC

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

What begins as a nostalgic celebration of a lost art form—and its most famous practitioner—becomes a darkly funny trip into the very question of what it means to suffer, and what it means when suffering becomes a public spectacle. In this inventive adaptation of Kafka's tragicomic story "A Hunger Artist," actor, puppeteer and Sinking Ship co-artistic director Jonathan Levin gives a playful and startling performance as the only person who remembers a man whose art was simply… to hunger.

The Team

Set and Costume Design: Peiyi Wong
Lighting Design: Michael McGee
Puppet Design: Charlie Kanev and Sarah Nolen
Sound Design: Joshua William Gelb
Props and Toy Theater: Jonathan Levin

Trunk Fabrication: Peter Russo
Specialty Costume Fabrication: The Puppet Kitchen
Additional Voices: Adam Kander, Erik Lochtefeld

Producer: Audrey Frischman


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