PUPPETRY OF THE PENIS Returns To The Off Broadway Stage 7/13
New York's love affair with the penis continues this summer as the world's top genital origami attraction, Puppetry of the Penis, makes its triumphant return to Off Broadway. Puppetry of the Penis will shock, delight and astonish crowds at The Green Room Theatre (45 Bleeker Street) for eight weeks only, beginning on Tuesday, July 13 and playing through Saturday, September 4. World-renowned genital artists Rich Binning and Gavin Stewart. star in this landmark production, presented by Foster Entertainment and Simon Morley, which will also feature opening acts performed by Amy Schumer and Rachel Feinstein.
Literally stretching the human body to its absolute limit, genital artists Rich Binning and Gavin Stewart will present over forty astonishing, now-iconic penis installations including the Pelican, The Windsurfer, The Eiffel Tower, Loch Ness Monster, and their mind-boggling, signature installation: the Hamburger. A handful of breathtaking new installations, including Yoda, Sombrero, and E.T., will be performed for the first time on a New York stage.
Created by Simon Morley and David Friend in 1996, Puppetry of the Penis introduced the world to the ancient Australian art of genital origami. It has been experienced by over 1 million people (including the likes of Hugh Grant, Naomi Campbell, Posh Spice, Christina Aguilera, Nicole Richie, Bono and Elton John) in over 14 countries (including the U.S., Great Britain, Australia, Holland, Germany, Ireland, Canada, New Zealand, Belgium, Iceland, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Portugal). It has been translated into three languages, had a "how to" book published, been featured on HBO's "Real Sex" since 2002, and had DVD releases throughout the world.
The performance scheduled for Puppetry of the Penis is Tuesday through Saturday at 8:00 PM.
Tickets are $49.50 (regular seats) and $79.50 (premium seats) and are now on sale via Telecharge.com, by phone at 212-239-6200 or at the Box Office at 45 Bleecker Street (Hours: Monday: Noon - 5pm - 8pm / Tuesday - Friday: 12:30pm - curtain / Saturday - Sunday: 11:30am - curtain)
Puppetry of the Penis was conceived by Simon Morley in 1996 as the title of a high-art calendar, showcasing twelve of his favorite penis installations. Years before, Simon's youngest brother had shown him his first genital trick, ‘The Hamburger.' Natural sibling rivalry with their two other brothers resulted in the evolution of a healthy repertoire of genital gesticulations. It was on New Year's Eve in 1997, with a garage full of calendars to sell and burgeoning requests for live demonstrations that Simon finally decided to unleash his talent on the world.
The natural choice of performing partner was David Friend, whose reputation as the life of any party was quickly growing. As a young boy, Friend began his current career in the bath and developed his skills further when he discovered beer at university in Byron Bay. After completing his degree in computing, he returned to Melbourne with his own highly individual collection of hanging art. Together, Simon and Friend became Puppetry of the Penis. Their debut season at the 1998 Melbourne International Comedy Festival was a huge hit. Simon and Friend then embarked on a national tour, circumnavigating Australia. This took eight months, covered 20,000 kilometres and was captured in all its glory in the documentary Tackle Happy.
A runaway hit at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2000, Puppetry of the Penis then set about the task of world domination, playing London's West End, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Montreal's Just for Laughs Comedy Festival and launching multiple US companies, with one playing the John Houseman Theatre in New York for 2 years, and another two touring extensively, with sit-downs in Los Angeles and San Francisco. As of today, most of the Western World has played host to Puppetry of the Penis. Due to popular demand, Simon and his band of penis puppeteers continue to take their penises to the people with performances in Australia, Canada, USA, the UK and South Africa.