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THE THEATER OF PENNY ARCADE

Since 1992, as a stage designer, sound designer, co-director and dramaturge, STEVE ZEHENTNER has collaborated with theater artist, writer and performer PENNY ARCADE on dozens of shows including Sisi Sings The Blues – a commission for the Vienna Festival; Love, Sex and Sanity; Rebellion Cabaret; New York Values; Bad Reputation; True Stories; Bitch! Dyke! Faghag! Whore!; and Longing Lasts Longer.

Together Penny and Steve have produced political-theatrical-humanist spectacles in over 30 cities around the world with Steve designing the playground for anarchist provocateur Penny Arcade to run free and deliver her message of love, authenticity, tolerance and freedom-to-the-people. Currently they are developing two new shows, Old Queen and Aftermath.


PENNY ARCADE debuted with John Vaccaro's explosive Playhouse of The Ridiculous at 17 years of age, and was a Andy Warhol Factory superstar at 19, featured in the Warhol/Paul Morrissey film Women In Revolt. With an artistic career spanning 40 years, Arcade occupies a unique position in the American Avant-Garde. HM Koutoukas referred to her as "The Little Sister of The Avant-Garde" because of her long association with the architects of the American counter culture including Andy Warhol, Charles Henri Ford, John Vaccaro, Judith Malina, Taylor Mead, Jack Smith, Harry Smith, Tom O’Horgan, and Charles Ludlam among others.

Arcade’s focus on the creation of community and inclusion as the goals of performance and her efforts to use performance as a transformative act, mark her as a true original in the American theatre. www.pennyarcade.tv