Say Something Bunny! Sold-out for 26 weeks straight! Emphatic reviews & audience delight. Dates added Dec-Jan.

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Say What?

With Say Something Bunny!, Alison S. M. Kobayashi and UnionDocs present an enthralling performance based on an amateur audio recording made over sixty years ago. The origin of this audio was a mystery. Two spools of thin steel wire were found tucked inside an obsolete sound device purchased by a collector at an estate sale. There were no labels; no dates, no names, and no context. Through her obsessive research and active imagination along with hundreds of times listening through, Kobayashi decodes the rich dialogue in the recording and discovers the detailed history of an unforgettable Jewish family from New York that bursts with humor, surprise and drama. The one-woman show annotates, illustrates, and reconstructs the scenes of the recording, while revealing the stranger-than-fiction biography of the eldest son, David, who made the wire recordings. Using video, installation, performance and plentiful archival material, Kobayashi leads the audience through a close listening, spinning “a multigenerational yarn of Rothian heights.”

UNDO Project Space – Chelsea, NYC
511 West 20th Street, 2nd Floor
(Next to the High Line)

Audiences Say

Details

  • The performance runs 2 hours and 20 minutes plus a break for intermission.
  • For mature audiences only.
  • Doors open 30 minutes prior to the listed performance time.
  • Seating is on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Due to the nature of the performance, latecomers will not be admitted.
  • If you or anyone in your party are unable to make the performance, please do let us know as soon as possible. The exact number of audience members is significant for the performance.
  • If you need them, do bring reading glasses.
  • Accessibility: There are 18 steps leading up to the performance space at 511 West 20th Street, and unfortunately no elevator.  We apologize for this and are seeking options to provide better accessibility.

More Press

“★★★★★ – Earns a rare perfect score!”
– NOW Magazine, Toronto’s entertainment source

“It’s like a live NPR, if you like dramaturgy you will love this show… It’s a hell of a ride.”
-Maxamoo Podcast

“Alison’s charting exciting new territory, combining video, installation, visual art, performance, and found source material.”
-Sook Yin-Lee, CBC

“a work of profound empathy, lending meaning and drama to ordinary lives”
– NOW Magazine, Toronto’s entertainment source

“This is the future of art…the kind of really-well-done avant garde theater that gets the attention of the nominating committees for things like the MacArthur “Genius” Grant.”  
-Yes Broadway

“composing whole lives out of fragments of intimate conversation”
– Canadian Art

“”A universal meditation on what it is any of us leave behind after we’re gone… The chitchat on the audio may be unremarkable, but the show’s presentation and message are profound and resonant.””  
-Theatre Development Fund

“a one-of-a-kind performance.”  
-Lighting and Sound America

“successfully combines a collective experience, live performance, and immersive media.”  
-MIT _docubase

Say Something Bunny! is grateful for support from the following institutions.