Based on the story by Franz Kafka
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. This darkly comic, 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 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.
February 1 - 4
A Hunger Artist makes its New England premiere after acclaimed runs in New York, Edinburgh (Winner of the Lustrum Award for Excellence) and Baltimore.
Thu. February 1st @ 7:30pm
Fri. February 2nd @ 7:30pm
Sat. February 3rd @ 7:30pm
Sun. February 4th @ 2:00pm
HartBeat Ensemble creates provocative theater that connects our community beyond the traditional barriers of class, race, geography and gender.
New YOrk Press
"Surprisingly lovable... full of jokes and sudden sympathy... The artist starves but we leave sated."
It’s almost as if Kafka himself willed it into being."
"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."
"A magnificent performance that manages to enthrall and transport!"
"Ingeniously constructed... I simply have to say go and see it, you will not be disappointed."
"One of the most imaginative shows… at this year’s Fringe!"
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
Production Stage Manager: Elizabeth Ramsay
Producer (NYC): Audrey Frischman
Production Manager (NYC): Will Jennings
Trailer: Jesse Garrison
A Hunger Artist is available for touring.
at the Connelly Theater
at the Baltimore Theatre Project
Edinburgh Festival Fringe
WINNER - Summerhall's Lustrum Award for Excellence
at the Connelly Theater
Co-Produced by The Tank
September 27 & 28, 2016
at the New Ohio Theater
November 5, 2016
at the UnitedSolo Festival
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