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Erik & Jessica on the shoe string beginnings of The Fortune Teller

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This piece was originally produced by HERE’s Dream Music Puppetry Program. The Fortune Teller is made possible, in part, by The Jim Henson Foundation, Bloomberg, and studio space granted by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Swing Space program; developmental Space at 14 Wall Street is donated by Capstone Equities, generously supported by The September 11th Fund.

The Fortune Teller played from November 28 - December 4, 2010 in the Dorothy B. Williams Theatre.

About the show

Seven strangers’ twisted tales are brought to life in this marionette play and woven with haunting music to tell an eerily comic story of fate and fortune. On a dark night, the strangers are invited to the mansion of a deceased millionaire, and learn that their inheritances will be based not on a will, but on the readings of a fortune teller. Each soon meets a gruesome end in this production developed through HERE’s Dream Music puppetry program.


Created and Directed by Erik Sanko and Jessica Grindstaff
Original Music composed by Danny Elfman and Erik Sanko
Narration by Gavin Friday
Lighting Design by Andrew Hill
Marionettes by Erik Sanko
Art Director/Project Manager Jessica Grindstaff
Sound Design by Andy Green
Architectural Design by Selin Maner
Mansion Construction by Matthew Acheson
Interior Design Team: Deana and Matt Acheson, Fatimah Durkee, Chloe Foglia, Jessica Grindstaff, Michelle Harper, Alex Haring, Robert Jamieson, Anders Johnson, Kara Koirtyohann, Tami Lee, Liz McGarrity, Francesca Mannoni, Senta Romasco, Erik Sanko, Erin and Phil Stead, Christopher Young and Becky Yurek.

Photo Credits
Adam Forgash, Oliver Hecks, Oliver Dalzell

Show Press

“The Fortune Teller draws you into its world and never lets you go. A splendid time is guaranteed for all.”
— Culturebot
“Grindstaff and Sanko share a perfectionist's vision, and it shows. All elements work together to float the audience into the creepy world of the puppets.”
“To miss it—now that would be a sin.”
— Village Voice
“Grandly satisfying piece of theatre in miniature.”
— Backstage