Check out this interesting feature article in The New York Times arts section, “Shock Me if you Can”, on the value of shock in performing and visual arts. The Times spoke with playwrights Adam Rapp and Thomas Bradshaw, filmmaker John Waters and PS122′s Artistic Director Vallejo Gantner, among others.

There are a thousand different audiences,” said Vallejo Gantner, the artistic director of Performance Space 122 in the East Village. “At ‘The Book of Mormon’ the shock is all part of the fun. But it’s much harder to shock a downtown theatergoing audience.

What have you seen recently that’s shocking? Do you seek out art and performance that will startle and surprise you? Share your thoughts in the comments here.

  • RT @mxjustinVbond: Hedwig star Neil Patrick Harris will be performing at the @PS122 Spring Gala co-chaired by Michael Stipe and myself. htt…

  • Viewed the proofs of the beautifully crafted #GALA14 honoree awards by @swarovski. #crystals for days! #diamonds in the #diamondhorseshoe!

  • Was researching for @PS122 #GALA14 & came across this love...https://t.co/mu8aro6STS piano by our musical dir @LanceHorne #nailedit #coffee

  • RT @erstheater: Our gift to @RuthBGinsburg: the collar Susie wears in #Arguendo. She says she'll wear it in court tomorrow! http://t.co/h89…

  • Everyone in this office feels old thanks to @BuzzFeed. #culturaltastemakers #sticktothearts

  • #33rpm Post-show convo btwn Rabih Mroué & Shirin Neshat @AsiaSocietyNY 4/29: http://t.co/98N5udveep with @PS122 & @PENworldvoices

  • @MxRoo @NathAnnCarrera @mxjustinVbond We're having an after-party w/ $30 ticket price! More info coming soon to http://t.co/euTKYvqiRH

  • Honoring the one and only Tom Murrin! @lamamaetc #performance #fullmoon http://t.co/gVOpRJeTM7

  • Very excited to be in the audience for IKE @ NIGHT @jackartsny! http://t.co/mQfCHAJeCV

  • Just a little ditty of a #GALA14 teaser. http://t.co/do3F8JlXvw CC: @THATHollyHughes @ClaraGMiller. Music: @eliotkrimsky. #diamondhorseshoe

  • RT @HalfStraddle: FRANCE + CROATIA !! We had an amazing time w/ "Seagull (Thinking of you)" @PS122 What a tour. XO http://t.co/GhdSxVHY0I

  • Another on the 'to see' list this week! FRIDAY! RT: @jackartsny Gearing up for the last weekend of IKE AT NIGHT! https://t.co/QDBdaKFJPY …

  • RT @hitRECordJoe: Philippe Petit just recommended this to me, because he knows I like Jaques Brel. Incredible dancing.... http://t.co/5jVC…

  • A Rundown of #RAMP: http://t.co/XYSI3ZkRU0 CC: @ChainTheatre @eliotkrimsky @LyfeCompany @erstheater @hyperjetlag @hyperallergic

  • RT @LaMaMaETC: Tomorrow - #auntsisdance FULL MOON SHOW at La MaMa @NOTCHRISTYLER @katypyle @elizabethccooke @dirksgoo @PS122 http://t.co/w5…

  • Rabih Mroué & Lina Saneh are just 2 weeks away! @PENworldvoices @AsiaSocietyNY https://t.co/Ge6ySoZ4YN http://t.co/8TrQZ68kPj

  • Thanks to all who came out to #RAMP these 6 weeks. Special thanks for our artists who took a #RISK to develop new work. @ChainTheatre

  • On our 'to see' list for the week: @nycplayers & Richard Maxwell’s ‘Isolde’ Explores Primal Instincts http://t.co/vaPEBcidrO. @AbronsArtsCtr

  • Kaneza gives notes before photo call. #RAMP http://t.co/GBVxfo7ALZ

  • Pack house for #RAMP! Kaneza Schaal tomorrow, 8pm @chaintheatre. http://t.co/1YBCh6P795