Co-Created by Jon Levin, Joshua Luxenberg, and Joshua William Gelb

Based on Franz Kafka's "A Hunger Artist"

Text by Josh Luxenberg


Sinking Ship Productions presents a solo clown adaptation of the classic story "A Hunger Artist" by Franz Kafka. 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. 


A Hunger Artist was presented by Sinking Ship Productions at The Connelly Theater as part of The Tank's Flint & tinder series, June 2017. Featuring Jon Levin. Directed by Joshua William Gelb. Set and Costume Design by Peiyi Wong. Lighting Design by Kate McGee. Sound Design by M. Florian Staab (Based on original design by Joshua William Gelb). Puppet Design by Charlie Kanev and Sarah Nolen. Props and Toy Theater by Jonathan Levin. Trunk Fabrication by Brian McCann. Additional Voices by Adam Kander, Erik Lochtefeld. Produced by Audrey Frischman. Production Managed by Will Jennings. Production Stage Managed by Elizabeth Ramsay. 

A Hunger Artist was first developed at The Frieght Residency, 2015. It has been performed in development workshops at The New Ohio, Cloud City and Jalopy, featuring Jon Levin. Directed by Joshua William Gelb. Costume Design & Set Consultant Peiyi Wong. Technical Director Peter Russo. Sound Design by Joshua William Gelb. Puppet Design by Charlie Kanev.