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Performance Space 122’s evolution.

The past four years have been a time of spectacular evolution for Performance Space 122. We’ve evolved our notions on where and how we can exist – in a Greenpoint warehouse, on piers, with our peers and as something that can be viewed on a screen or folded up as a poster. We’re taking all that we’ve learn along the way to inform us as we navigate our way back home.


We’re raising the roof!

Our new theaters are now located on the 4th and 5th floor! The building’s roof is literally being raised an entire floor to accommodate for a 2 story fly space in the larger theater. More fly space means larger scale work and more artists’ visions realized.

Here’s a photo from June 2015 of the steel beams over the 5th floor.


Honoring the past while looking to the future.

PS122 is committed to honoring the past that has come before us; over 30 years of performances, artists and ideas have been apart of our history. We’ll keep that tradition while looking towards the future of contemporary performance. Check out our video at the bottom and stay tuned this Spring…


We’re on our way home.

Your continued dedication to PS122 and our artists further motivates us to evolve into a physical place where local, international and virtual art is created and celebrated for the expansive and radical ideas that are explored. Moving back into our old-yet-new spaces can and will not happen without your involvement. Learn more about our capacity campaign, Give Performance Space, and find out ways you can be apart of our evolution:


Leave a lasting imprint on PS122

Leave your imprint by “Naming a Chair” in the soon-to-be-completed theaters! Each chair can be a dedication to you, an artist or in memoriam to a loved one with an engraved plaque; $1,220 directly supports the Give Performance Space campaign. Details about the campaign and additional naming opportunities here:       


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To celebrate the last season out of our beloved and constantly under construction building in the East Village, we’re giving acclaimed performance artist Erin Markey full reign to curate an evening of fashionable chaos at the much-too-fancy Bowery Hotel.

Described by Time Out New York as “fantastically weird, fiercely committed, occasionally terrifying” , Erin Markey combines her extraordinary voice with an aggressive sense of comedy. Join PS122 staff, board and artists in toasting the year to come!

Tickets: $30 in advance | $35 at the door
All tickets include open bar + hors d’oeuvres

The Season Launch is generously sponsored by The Bowery Hotel, Lagunitas Brewing Company and Monsieur Touton Wines.

Erin Markey is a writer, comedian and performance artist who makes music, shows and videos. She has shown work at the Under the Radar Festival, New Museum, PS122, Lincoln Center Director’s Lab, UCBeast, Bard Spiegeltent, Tasmania’s Festival of Voices, San Francisco Film Society and frequently at Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater. Her new musical, A Ride On The Irish Cream, will premiere at Abrons Arts Center in January 2016. She is the recipient of a 2014 Franklin Furnace Grant and a 2012 NYFA Cutting Edge Artist Award. She won an Eliot Norton Award for Outstanding Performance in 2013 and has been recognized by Time Out New York as a Top Ten Cabaret Artist 2013-2015.

As an actress and performer, she is a company member of Obie Award winning Half Straddle. She will be co-composing music with Chris Giarmo and starring in the upcoming Tina Satter/Half Straddle production Ghost Rings at New York Live Arts in April 2016.

She has appeared in several web series including Paula Pell’s and James Anderson’s Hudson Valley Ballers, Monica (The Mini Series), Rods and Cones, Your Main Thing, and The 3 Bits. She was also featured in the LOGO television show Jeffery and Cole Casserole. Film credits include Valencia (The Movies) and Junkie Doctors.


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Adrienne Truscott’s Asking For It:
A One-Lady Rape About Comedy Starring Her Pussy And Little Else!

Adrienne Truscott (USA)

Adrienne Truscott’s Asking For It: A One-Lady Rape About Comedy Starring Her Pussy And Little Else! mixes humor, dance, video, and pussy-puppetry while undoing the rules and rhetoric surrounding rape and comedy.

Stepping outside the realm of an arts space, Adrienne straddles the world of stand-up and performance art in this one women show dressed only from the waist up and ankles down. With commentary from George Carlin, Louis C. K. and Robert De Niro, she takes on ducks, mini-skirts, rape whistles, Daniel Tosh, and Rick Ross all while drinking enough gin & tonics to get a girl in trouble.

Heavy at its core but light on its feet, Adrienne makes jokes about rape all night long…even if you ask her to stop.

“Brutal, brilliant and brave…if you miss it you will miss the moment in the history of stand-up comedy wherein a woman actually took the genre and did something with it that no man could do. This is without doubt the most powerful hour of comedy.” – The Scotsman (UK)

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Adrienne Truscott is a choreographer, circus acrobat, dancer, writer and as of late, comedian. She has been making genre-straddling work in New York City and abroad for over 15 years and has performed at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Sydney Festival, Edinburgh Fringe, Soho Theater (London), Montreal’s Just For Laughs festival and most recently with sold out run at Joe’s Pub. She is one half of the infamous Wau Wau Sisters and has worked with cult cabaret legends Kiki and Herb, Meow Meow, and John Cameron Mitchell (Shortbus).
Adrienne is the winner of the Fosters’ Edinburgh Comedy Award 2013 Panel Prize for the premiere of Asking For It: A One-Lady Rape About Comedy Starring Her Pussy and Little Else.
Adrienne learned how to and continues to make work in terms of choreographic composition, an early application of form that seemed to allow for the most broad investigation, loose interpretation, and varied possibilities. This impulse remains strong because increasingly live performance strikes her as the most radical way to re-engage people’s attention—not just socially or politically, but personally, aesthetically, energetically; the most available way to trigger the act of paying attention. She engages many genres of live performance that look, act, and intend differently. Her work is held uniquely in common by this understanding of composition, enabling it to remain clear while being complex, sophisticated while accessible, available yet mysterious, personally unique while layered in abstraction, entertaining yet rigorous and serious about being humorous. She has consistently sought out different environments/mandates for her work rather than relegating it to specific economic, social, aesthetic, or geographic contexts. She is curious about how modes of presentation (i.e., experimental, international, commercial, or illegal venues) interact with different forms (dance, cabaret, circus, comedy) and how that can upend assumptions that often accompany these forms and their target audiences, respectively. She is attracted to the possibility of failure as a mandate for rigor.
Adrienne Truscott by Julieta Cervantes“I don’t like to say much about this show; I like it to speak for itself. So 
I’ll say this. This show debuted at the 2013 Edinburgh Free Fringe Festival, by design. It was unfinished, untested and unruly (like a fringe show could or even should be) and free so that people would take a chance on it regardless or because of initial impressions – as
a clarion call, a bad idea, a naked lady, a desperate fringe-y grab for attention, or worse, ‘feminist comedy’. The first time I cracked a joke about this topic was offstage among other women comics, while working off the coast
of Mexico on a cruise ship with 1800 lesbians on vacation. Two facts about that trip collided unexpectedly – it was an incredibly ‘safe’ space as a woman and an unpredictably conservative and treacherous space for a comedian. It was before making ‘rape jokes’ became the go-to for ‘edgy’ comedians. That trend hit while I was already wondering if I could use comedy to talk about rape or ‘rape culture’. It was prior to mattresses being carried on college campuses. Although best known as a cabaret and circus performer and choreographer, I had always wanted to try stand-up. I thought, instead of trying to do a tight 5 to 7 minutes at an open mic, why not debut with an hour of stand-up? And make it about rape. What could go wrong? No comic or anyone else for that matter wants to be told what they can or can’t say, nor should they be, obviously. It is often a comic’s job to utter the unutterable; that doesn’t mean they (we?) are beyond rebuke. Comedy is bold, powerful and supple but not beyond reproach or consequence. There is a difference between a fool and the fool in the king’s court. I may be both or neither, but my instincts for costuming are unassailable. – Adrienne Truscott


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Since its founding in 2005, The Chocolate Factory Theater has supported the development and presentation of new work by a community of local, national and international artists working in dance, theater, performance, and multimedia. The Chocolate Factory’s programs have drawn many thousands of new visitors to its 5,000 square foot industrial facility in Long Island City, Queens. The organization is currently planning for the purchase and renovation of a permanent facility in the neighborhood.
The Chocolate Factory is artist-founded and artist-led. Its founding Directors, Sheila Lewandowski and Brian Rogers, continue to create and present their own work at The Chocolate Factory while providing support to a close-knit community of forward-thinking visiting artists working at all stages of their careers.
The Chocolate Factory received an Obie grant in 2009. Its works have received Bessie and Obie Awards and have toured nationally and internationally.
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Last night was a proud moment for everyone here at PS122, as many of our artists and friends were recognized with Obie awards!

COIL 15 walked away big with:
CATCH winning an Obie and giving a moving speech that made us all realize why we’re here in the first place AND Andrew Schneider being awarded a special citation for YOUARENOWHERE at the Obie Awards!

Commissioned by PS122 and presented with The Invisible Dog Art Center, YOUARENOWHERE took COIL 2015 by storm. Schneider battled across unknown and glitchy virtual territories, warping linear timelines, transforming physical space and challenging any preconceived notions of the here and now.

Schneider has been creating original works for theater, video and installation since 2003. Rooted at the intersection of performance and technology, Schneider’s work critically investigates our over-dependence on being perpetually connected in an always-on world.

Big things are lined up for this whiz kid as Schneider and his techno savvy team are now getting geared up for a week at Mass Live Arts and PS122 GLOBAL touring in the Fall. But for now, some well earned celebrations are to be had! Congrats Andrew!

Here is Peter Musante, collaborator, accepting the award while Andrew is off in Belgium with The Wooster Group.
Peter Musante accepts the award for Andrew Schneider!

CATCH on the red carpet with photo by Ben Gansky.
CATCH by Ben Gansky

If you missed last week’s performance of LYFE you can live stream it on Lincoln Center’s streaming portal:

LYFE is an interactive music performance that explores the intersection of technology and the self with music created by Brooklyn band Glass Ghost.

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