New York City
Connelly Theater
June 2017

Edinburgh Fringe
Zoo Venues
August 2017

Baltimore, MD
Theatre Project
December 2017

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

Sinking Ship Productions presents

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


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
Sound Design: M. Florian Staab
    Based on original design by Joshua William Gelb
Puppet Design: Charlie Kanev and Sarah Nolen
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


New York City
Connelly Theater
May 31 - June 27


Performance times vary
220 E. 4th Street (btw Aves A & B)
Tickets: $18 - $45

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.

Zoo Venues
August 4 - 28


6pm daily
140 The Pleasance, EH8 9RR
Box Office: 0131 662 6892

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. Just down the road from the Pleasance Courtyard.

Theatre Project
December 14 - 17


Performance times vary
45 W. Preston St.
Tickets: $18 - $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"*

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


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