The Devil You Know

by Ping Chong

directed by Ping Chong

The Devil You Know 

Award winning playwright and director Ping Chong joins forces with marionette artist and composer Erik Sanko and set designer Jessica Grindstaff of Phantom Limb Company to present the world premiere of THE DEVIL YOU KNOW in the Ellen Stewart Theatre at La MaMa ETC, as part of the Public Theatre’s 2010 Under The Radar Festival. THE DEVIL YOU KNOW is a modern interpretation of the classic American short story The Devil and Daniel Webster about a poor farmer who sells his soul in exchange for financial prosperity. Using marionette and bunraku-style puppetry, revolving puppet stages, recorded dialogue and original music and multi-media projections, Ping Chong, Erik Sanko and Jessica Grindstaff will transform this Faustian tale into a hilarious and haunting mediation on lost souls, fool’s gold and democracy’s eternal promise for renewal. THE DEVIL YOU KNOW is contemporary puppet theatre suitable for audiences ages 10 and up. THE DEVIL YOU KNOW is Ping Chong’s fourth puppet theatre work, his first production to use marionettes and his first collaboration with adventurous Phantom Limb Company. Ping Chong has been described as a “theatrical magician” (NY Times). His puppet productions KWAIDAN, OBON: Tales of Rain and Moonlight and CATHAY: Three Tales of China have toured widely and received numerous commendations including the UNIMA-USA Citation of Excellence in the Art of Puppetry. Phantom Limb Company is a New York City-based multi-disciplinary aural, visual and performance unit comprised of husband and wife team Jessica Grindstaff (Art Director / Designer) and Erik Sanko (Composer / Puppet Designer). Past projects include THE FORTUNE TELLER with composition by Sanko and Danny Elfman, and narration by Gavin Friday. The work debuted at HERE Arts Center and extended for three sold-out months in 2006. DEAR MDME. followed as an original composition and marionette play commissioned by Kronos Quartet, and premiered as part of BAM’s Next Wave Festival 25th Anniversary Season in 2008. THE DEVIL YOU KNOW is produced by Ping Chong & Company in association with Phantom Limb Company with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, the Lila Wallace Theatre Fund at the New York Community Trust, the Leon Levy Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation New York Theatre Program. Ping Chong and Company is a resident theatre at La MaMa ETC, where it has premiered sixteen works since 1978. THE DEVIL YOU KNOW is a participant of the Under The Radar Festival 2010, a project of Association of Performing Arts Presenters Annual Members Conference, with major funding by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Ford Foundation. The festival is produced by Mark Russell and The Public Theater.


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Theatre/Venue La MaMa Experimental Theatre 

74A East 4th St  New York

Phone Number for Reservations 212-475-7710 
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Running time 1hr. 10min. 


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