NOW PLAYING: January 10 - 16

Sinking Ship Productions presents

A HUNGER ARTIST


Based on the story by Franz Kafka

Created by:
    Performer Jonathan Levin
    Writer Josh Luxenberg
    Director Joshua William Gelb

January 10 - 16, 2018
7 performances only!
Tickets: $25 - $35

“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.

After acclaimed runs in New York and at the Edinburgh Fringe (where it was ranked as one of the best-reviewed shows at the festival), A Hunger Artist returns to the Connelly for a strictly limited return engagement.

★★★★★ 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.
— Fringe Guru (Edinburgh)
★★★★ CRITICS PICK! Surprisingly lovable... full of jokes and sudden sympathy... The artist starves but we leave sated.
— Time Out New York
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.”
— The New York Times

Jan. 25 - Feb. 18

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The Left Wing, in association with John Turturro, presents

imperfect love


Written by Brandon Cole
Directed by Michael Di Jiacomo

January 25 - February 18, 2018

Tickets: $25 - $49

Imperfect Love is a story of love and betrayal, set just over 100 years ago, between the actress Eleonora Della Rosa, and her playwright lover Gabriele Torrisi. The story is set at the turning of an epoch, and the turning of two styles of theater: the more visceral and emotional style of Eleonora and Torrisi, and the ‘new’ psychological style epitomized by Nordic writers like Ibsen and Strindberg. Our characters are vulnerable and beginning to sense that their day may have passed. Should Torrisi abandon Eleonora and strike out with her arch-rival, Sarah Bernhardt? Should Eleonora withdraw her support (and love?) from the outmoded Torrisi and try to work with Ibsen? In the middle of all this is leading-man Domenica, who doesn’t know which way to turn in his professional life, or in the tangled world of his emotional allegiances; while the traditional clowns Beppo and Marco not only comment on the action in a comical and human way, but also embody the conflicting epochs – the rambunctious farce of the Commedia dell’arte, set against a premonition, a whiff, of the bold futurism of a Beckett, or a Pirandello. In the end, matters of theater and matters of the heart come together in a climax both affirming and bitter-sweet. 

The play’s the thing. At least, until the curtain falls.

March 19 - April 21

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Ars Nova, piece by piece productions & Z Space
present

The Lucky Ones

A world premiere new musical

Book by The Bengsons & Sarah Gancher
Music & Lyrics by The Bengsons
Choreographed by Sonya Tayeh
Directed by Anne Kauffman

March 19 - April 21, 2018

March 19 - 24 • $25 • Use Code: TAKEMYHAND
March 26- 31 • $35 • Use Code: FOLLOWME
Regular tix • $45 | Reserved tix • $65

Indie-music duo The Bengsons spin a memory-tale of teenaged passion, ideals lived to the limits, family shattered and faith lost — all in hope of finding a way home again. Through soulful electro-folk songs, this driving, semi-autobiographical story grabs joy and grief with the same hand and holds them tightly, in a radical affirmation of being alive.

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— Time Out New York

The Connelly Theater is unique in New York City: an intimate house with a classic proscenium arch and a raised stage.

The Connelly is available for rental for theater productions, film and photo shoots, and events. Lighting and sound package included.