Say Something Bunny! Sold-out for 20 straight weeks with emphatic reviews & audience delight. Dates added Nov-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

Audiences Say

Details

  • The performance runs 2 hours and 20 minutes including 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

“deeply felt and most remarkably, close and real… a multigenerational yarn of Rothian heights.”
-Art F City

“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

“nothing short of genius.”  
-Micah Lexier, Artist & Curator

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

“One of the best things I have seen. Period.”  
-Emelie Chhangur, agYU, Assistant Director/Curator

“an unexpected step further than I’ve ever seen.”  
-Eli Horwatt, HotDocs, TIFF

“Mind-bogglingly creative and stunningly executed.”  
-Richard Fung, artist and educator, OCADU

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