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PS122's RETROFUTURESPECTIVE is on! featuring Eric Bogosian, Elevator Repair Service, The Wooster Group, Penny Arcade





Highlights of the grand finale (June 22 – 25) include performances by

John Zorn, Eric Bogosian, The Wooster Group, Elevator Repair Service, Young Jean Lee’s Theater Company, Penny Arcade, Big Dance Theater, Neal Medlyn, the TEAM and more!

Performance Space 122’s 30th Anniversary Season has included contemporary performance hits such as Hotel SavoyTHEMRumble GhostThe Escape ArtistThe Green Surround and Radio Play as well as a monumental COIL Festival and Spring Gala.  Capping off the celebration of 30 Years of 122, is an action packed June full of nostalgic experiences and futuristic performances from NYC and across the globe as only Performance Space 122 can provide.

In preparation for 18 months of site specific programming, that will include work by Young Jean Lee’s Theater Company, the TEAM, Every House Has a Door, Carmelita Tropicana, Temporary Distortion, Michel Groisman, Davis Freeman, Palissimo and others, PS122 is proud to announce progress on several new capacity building initiatives including a new Creative Producer Program, and a Virtual Programming / Transmedia Project. Both will transform the way PS122 does business and contextualizes itself within the contemporary performance world and beyond.

With plans to continue the Global tours – to Berlin and London in 2012 – as well as the annual presentation of COIL, and plenty more exhilarating announcements to come, we hope that everyone will join us as our season comes to a close with the RetroFutureSpective Festival (June 11 – 25) “to begin and end the world as we know it.”

The following events are presented as part of the 30th Anniversary RetroFutureSpective Festival:

ECHO: 30 Years of PS122 on Film

Tuesday, June 14 at 8PM

$20, $15 students / seniors

Charles Dennis presents a 3-channel mix of groundbreaking PS122 Filmic Performances including rare footage of Spalding Gray, Blue Man group, Eric Bogosian and more!

Avant-Garde-Arama Wrecking Ball!

Friday, June 17 + Saturday, June 18 at 8PM

$25, $20 students / seniors

Performance Space 122’s longest running series kicks it up a notch and presents a demolition derby of theatre, dance, music, and video installation.

Friday, June 17th:

Host: Mr. Murray Hill

Performances by Salley May, Alien Comic, Tigger!, Janet Clancy, John Kelly, Andrew Schneider, The Factress aka Luc Sexton, The Dazzle Dancers, Julie Atlas Muz, Urban Bushwomen, Joe E Jeffreys, Miss Joan Moosey, Gina Vetro, Jonathan BergerMusic by Hank & Cupcakes, Rockman

Saturday, June 18th

Hosted by Uncle JimmyPerformances by Lisa Kron, Rose Wood, Peggy Pettitt, Flawless Sabrina, Karen Therese, Janet Clancy, M Lamar, Koosil-ja, Edgar Oliver, Joe E Jeffreys, Miss Joan Moosey, Gina Vetro, Jonathan BergerMusic by Bad Buka, Cudzoo & The Faggettes

Old School 122 Benefit

Wednesday, June 22 - Saturday, June 25

Lounge opens at 6pm / Performances begin at 8PM


A veritable who’s who of NYC performance promises to be on parade for 4 action-packed nights in the style of the original PS122 Benefits.

The LES Lounge will be coming alive around 6pm nightly in the downstairs space, providing a cozy atmosphere for personalities of the past, present, and future to come together to mingle, reminisce, perform and subterfuge with Lounge host, legendary Stage Manager to the stars, Lori E. Seid. As a pre-show activity, Praxis offers exclusive tours through PS122 history and the opportunity to purchase your very own limited edition portrait of one of several ghosts. Sarah Maxfield harvests memories after the shows and the party continues in the lounge til it’s past everyone’s bedtime.

Wednesday, June 22 // MC’s: Julie Atlas Muz & David White. Performances by: John Fleck, theTEAM, Temporary Distortion, LeeSaar The Company, Yoshiko Chuma, Yvonne Meier, andPenny Arcade

Thursday, June 23 //  MC’s: DANCENOISE with Richard Move & Friends.  Performances by:Alien ComicNTUSA, Vivarium Studio (dvd/projection)Tamar RogoffSally Silvers Young Jean Lee's Theater CompanyMaria HassabiEric BogosianReggie Watts, and a Special Spalding Gray Award announcement.

Friday, June 24 // MC’s:  Sarah Michelson & Surprise Guest. Performances by Every House Has A Door & Goat Island, Jack Ferver, Deb Margolin, Jennifer Miller, Sarah Maxfield, Mabou Mines, Neal Medlyn, THEM by Ishmael Houston-Jones, Chris Cochrane, and Dennis Cooper(excerpt). Music by DJ Duo Team Company LLC.

Saturday, June 25 // MC’s: Carmelita Tropicana & The Staff of Performance Space 122.Performances by David Leslie, New York City Players, The Wooster Group, Elevator Repair Service, John Zorn, Split Britches, Big Dance Theater, and Carmelita Tropicana. Music by Bob Wonder & the Future Ex-Wives.

Performance Space 122 is one of New York's ultimate destinations for cutting-edge theatre, dance, music, live art and multi-media. PS122 is dedicated to supporting and presenting artists who explore innovative form and provocative content and who rigorously challenge the boundaries contemporary performance; PS122 is committed to a steadfast search for pioneering artists from a diversity of cultures, nations and beliefs.  

Now in it’s 30th Anniversary Season, Performance Space 122 has been a hub for contemporary performance and an active member of the East Village, as well as the wider cultural community in N.Y.C. and across the globe.  In just the past 5 years, under the curatorial vision of Artistic Director Vallejo Gantner, PS122 has opened the curtain on more than 2,500 performances, welcomed more than 125,000 visitors, and supported the work of more than 2,100 artists, performers, choreographers, playwrights, directors and designers.

Performance Space 122 passionately advocates for U.S. artists in New York and across globe. Our organization and the artists we present are reclaiming their relevance to wider social discourse by engaging artists, audiences and other community leaders in cultural, economic, and environmental debates about what it means to live in contemporary society.

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Tickets are now on sale and available at,  by calling TheaterMania at 212-352-3101, and the Performance Space 122 Box Office.

Tickets from $20 and $15 (students/seniors) / Friends with Benefits enjoy 5 tickets to onsite performances beginning at the $75 giving level.

Performance Space 122 is located at 150 First Avenue at East 9th Street.

Program and Prices subject to change.