A Hunger Artist
About A Hunger Artist
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 deceptively set of deceptively simple props to support a tour-de-force 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.
The show has been widely acclaimed. The New York Times said “this visually arresting 'Hunger Artist' leads with enchantment... Levin holds the audience in the palm of his hand." It was nominated for two Drama Desk awards (Outstanding Solo Performance and Outstanding Puppet Design) and won the Lustrum award from Summerhall at the Edinburgh Fringe, where it ranked as one of the best-reviewed shows of the 2017 festival (according to List Magazine). The show has also been supported with grants from the Jim Henson Foundation, the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts, and has toured to Baltimore, Hartford, Vermont, and Norway, where it played to sold out houses.
75 minutes, no intermission