Sinking Ship Productions


A New Play

Created by Director Jon Levin, Writer Josh Luxenberg, and the Sinking Ship Ensemble

POWERHOUSE ran at the New Ohio Theater in NYC from Nov. 3 - 23, 2014.
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POWERHOUSE is available for touring.
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About the Show

Sinking Ship Productions’ new devised play Powerhouse uses physical theater, music, and puppetry to tell the story of brilliant, idiosyncratic composer and electronic music pioneer Raymond Scott.

Inspired by swing music, animated cartoons and futuristic machines, Powerhouse takes the audience inside the mind of Raymond Scott. He wrote fast-paced, tightly orchestrated compositions, attempting to reinvent swing in the 1930s. Wildly successful in his own time, his music would be completely forgotten were it not for its use in countless Looney Tunes cartoons of the 1940s and 1950s. But Scott never watched a cartoon in his life.

Informed by interviews with family members and colleagues, and dozens of phone calls recorded by Scott, Powerhouse spins a kaleidoscopic, kinetic story about creativity and the chasm between what an artist imagines and what his audience perceives.

All photos above by Justin Khalifa



Created by Director Jon Levin, Writer Josh Luxenberg & the Sinking Ship Ensemble

Featuring: Tyler Bunch, Jessica Frey, Spencer Lott, Erik Lochtefeld, Clare McNulty, Hanley Smith, Eric Wright

Powerhouse was created collaboratively by the Sinking Ship Ensemble, including, over the years: Tyler Bunch, Ben Dziuba, Erik Lochtefeld, Jon Levin, Josh Luxenberg, Clare McNulty, Joshua Morris, Deborah Radloff, Hanley Smith, Eric Wright.


WORKSHOP: New York International Fringe Festival (2009)
EXTENSION: FringeNYC Encore Series (2009)
WORKSHOP: Development and Staged Reading (2010)
PREMIERE: The New Ohio Theater (2014)

Sinking Ship Productions workshopped Powerhouse at the 2009 New York International Fringe Festival, where it played to sold-out crowds and rave reviews. The production won an award from the festival for “Outstanding Ensemble” and went on to play a short extension as part of the FringeNYC Encores Series. In 2012, the script for Powerhouse was a finalist for the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference.


All reviews are from the workshop production of Powerhouse at the New York International Fringe Festival in 2009.

Cast & Creative

Powerhouse was created collaboratively by the director, writer, and casts of the workshop productions between 2009 and 2014: Tyler Bunch, Ben Dziuba, Jesse Garrison, Sharone Halevy, Erik Lochtefeld, Jon Levin, Spencer Lott, Josh Luxenberg, Clare McNulty, Joshua Morris, Deborah Radloff, Hanley Smith, Eric Wright.


*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States


About the Company

Sinking Ship Productions is a Brooklyn-based theater company dedicated to the creation of dynamic, physical, thrillingly visual theater built using a wide variety of techniques, including puppetry, object manipulation, music and movement.

Sinking Ship was founded in 2008 by Josh Luxenberg and Jon Levin. Our productions 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 connection could ultimately lead to complete isolation (Powerhouse). Flatland, a 2010 EST/Sloan commission, explores the limits of human understanding through the search for extra dimensions of space in theoretical physics and math. We like big ideas.

In addition to producing original work, Sinking Ship also runs the popular quarterly puppet and music series Puppet Playlist, which has played to sold-out crowds since 2009, becoming one of New York's premiere venues for original short-form puppetry.

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Josh Luxenberg
Co-Founder & Co-Artistic Director

Jon Levin
Co-Founder & Co-Artistic Director

Rosalind Grush
Development Consultant


Associate Artists

Jesse Garrison
Erik Lochtefeld
Jon Levin
Josh Luxenberg
Lisa Maley
Clare McNulty
Carolyn Mraz
Hanley Smith
Eric Wright

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