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.

  • Super fun @ps122 video shoot w/ Gala Honoree #ClaireDanes this morning! Teasers coming soon...#Gala15… https://t.co/vakcFg6PFD

  • See @whoamoane killing it at our Red & White Party http://t.co/rtEo4vayY5 http://t.co/mwmPmwZv7c

  • See @richmaxwell in conversation with @walkerartcenter and then see The Evening in New York starting March 12 http://t.co/AqGUo3e5yX

  • RT @TheVintageDJ: Thrilled to announce that I am DJing @TheAcademy #GovernorsBall #Oscars2015 http://t.co/RZYye9BslU

  • RT @YlanaKellar: Performance by @creativecap artist Richard Maxwell: "The Evening" @TheKitchen_NYC. Co-presented @PS122. 12-28 Mar http://t…

  • Richard Maxwell / newyorkcityplayers "The Evening" takes flight in 3 weeks @thekitchen_nyc ! Tix on… http://t.co/WCXqO7RFng

  • 2015 Spring Gala honors #ClaireDanes! Here's a #TBT of her performing in Tamar Rogoff's choreography… http://t.co/M1LQqwGqQh

  • .@PS122 Spring Gala - tickets now on sale! Honoring #ClaireDanes & Hosted by @AlanCumming - http://t.co/r8Eh9TcHlJ #news

  • RT @theatermania: .@PS122's spring gala will honor Claire Danes with @Cabaret_Musical's @Alancumming as host → http://t.co/x7qQMfHp3P http:…

  • RT @alexsarian: Hear ye! Chance of a lifetime to be a part of a new cultural renaissance in NYC as @PS122's new executive director! https:/…

  • Missed @catchseries in #COIL15? We're posting some full pieces starting with Niall Jones: http://t.co/xSeAA0IDqX http://t.co/OU4sy4ETrL

  • #Friday tip: your @ps122 broadsheets can be reused as coloring books. #kidsintheater #promomaterials @… http://t.co/f2xmnfwpqU

  • #TBT to a tour of the 122 Community Center renovation project with @nyculture Commissioner… http://t.co/pM1JU1HeDE

  • Richard Maxwell / New York City Players @thekitchen_nyc in March. Broadsheets hitting streets,… http://t.co/Iss0vRm3Y1

  • RT @breakingnycnews: Tax preparation for artists! Take this awesome class at @creativecap! http://t.co/uMrdHEtwkK #art #taxes #NYC http://t…

  • RT @andreakleine: what I did over my winter vacation: http://t.co/krkVz2gepe #apap @UTRFestival @PS122 @AmericanRealnes

  • #FBF to when we vandalized city sidewalks with chalk. #COIL15 @ New York City http://t.co/LYfuAAIIKh

  • So this is what the sun looks like, huh NYC?

  • @laurahitt1 2/2 Check this great interview of @richmaxwell & @sohorep's Sarah Benson, courtesy @walkerartcenter: http://t.co/4cU1WN1BHp

  • @laurahitt1 1/2 - "It’s become a story about characters, and I’m working with archetypes." - @richmaxwell