The Hunger Artist and Babylon


Festival Spotlight!

Don’t miss the chance to see A Hunger Artist by Sinking Ship Productions or Babylon by Sandglass Theater during the festival

A Hunger Artist

Sinking Ship Productions (USA)


9/21, 8 PM, Next Stage Arts Project, Putney tickets
9/22, 8 PM, Next Stage Arts Project, Putney tickets

“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.

Winner of Summerhall’s Lustrum Award for Excellence at the Edinburgh Fringe, and nominated for two Drama Desk Awards (Outstanding Solo Performance and Outstanding Puppet Design).


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“Directed by Joshua William Gelb from an elegant script by Josh Luxenberg, this visually arresting ‘Hunger Artist’ leads with enchantment… [Jonathan Levin] holds the audience in the palm of his hand.”
—The New York Times

“Surprisingly lovable… full of jokes and sudden sympathy… The artist starves but we leave sated.”
—Time Out New York

It’s almost as if Kafka himself willed it into being.”

—The Huffington Post

“Makes you want to stand up and cheer. Possibly the best solo performance of the year!”
—New York Irish Arts


“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!”
—British Theatre Guide

“Ingeniously constructed… I simply have to say go and see it, you will not be disappointed.”
—Theatre Full Stop

★★★★ ½
“One of the most imaginative shows… at this year’s Fringe!”
—Reviews Hub



Sandglass Theater (USA)


9/20, 8 PM, New England Youth Theatre, Brattleboro
9/21, 8 PM, New England Youth Theatre, Brattleboro tickets

Seven puppets in need of asylum wash up on a metaphorical shore. The refugees come from Syria, Afghanistan, El Salvador, and Burundi, one is a voiceless caterpillar and one is a ghost from a war past who is still on her journey. In Babylon, the blending of actual testimony with fictitious figures gives us a view into how we respond to the enormity of this crisis.

This production looks at the relationship of refugees to their homelands, lost and new, and the conflicts that exist within American communities to which they have fled. Working with the Vermont USCRI/Refugee Resettlement Program, the company interviewed 9 “new Americans” (compiling 15 hours of recorded interviews), in order to gain first hand insight into their plight, trauma and the challenges of resettlement. The process of trust building and listening is at the core of the work. Using full sized, table-top puppets and moving panoramic scrolls, the cast tells the refugees’ stories in original four-part choral songs. Babylon also explores our own attention spans, how capable we are to stay interested in the duration of someone else’s journey – one that does not end with the arrival in a new land.

“Again and again I am also awed by the sensitivity and nuance Sandglass brings to difficult subjects. This expertise will be brought to bear once again in the telling of the immigrant story. At its core, this is a story about the endurance of the human spirit. However, we also recognize how the topic of immigration has become charged and politicized. We need Sandglass, the power of their art, and the magic of puppetry to have this conversation in our community.”

-Aimée M. Petrin, Executive & Artistic Director of Portland Ovations

Sandglass Theater is the recipient of a grant from New England Foundation for the Arts National Theater Project for its newest theater piece, Babylon: Journeys of Refugees.  Order tickets

Funding for the Puppets in the Green Mountains Festival was provided in part by The Clowes Fund, The Bay & Paul Foundation, The New England Foundation for the Arts, Puppeteers of America, The Thomas Thomson Trust, The Vermont Arts Council, The Vermont Community Foundation, The Windham Foundation, Taipei cultural Center in New York, Chroma, the Brattleboro Savings & Loan and C&S Wholesale Grocers.

All venues in the Puppets in the Green Mountains festival are wheelchair-accessible.
If you need priority seating, parking, or any assistance when you arrive, be sure to let us know when purchasing tickets. We welcome people of all abilities, and strive to provide programming that is inclusive and accessible to all. Please contact us for more information on accessibility options that we can provide.


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