Sinking Ship Productions is a Brooklyn-based theater company dedicated to the unusual and the surprising. They draw from a wide variety of techniques, including puppetry, object manipulation, music and movement, to create distinctly visual work. SSP has created two original shows, Powerhouse (2009) and There Will Come Soft Rains (2008). Both played to sold-out houses and extended their runs at the New York International Fringe Festival. Both won recognition from the festival for “Outstanding Ensemble” (Powerhouse) and “Outstanding Direction” (There Will Come Soft Rains).
Their shows have grappled with concepts such as the creation and destruction of the universe as imagined by science fiction writers (There Will Come Soft Rains) and how a man’s search for human connection could ultimately lead to complete isolation (Powerhouse). Flatland, a 2010 EST/Sloan commission, will explore the limits of human understanding through the search for extra dimensions of space in theoretical physics and math.
Their work has been highly praised. The New York Times wrote, “[Audiences are] constantly looking for the next new thing… and with this talented young company, we may have found it.” Aaron Riccio, writing for Theater Talk’s New Theatre Corps, called Powerhouse“…the creative standard to which companies should be pushing themselves.”
In addition to producing their own work, Sinking Ship also runs the bi-monthly Puppet Playlist at The Tank.
During their Swing Space residency, the Sinking Ship ensemble will be creating Flatland, their newest project, and rehearsing new material for Powerhouse.
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