South Street Seaport Museum

Todays Date: 06/29/22
Last Update: 11/15/19 06:35:32 AM
Address: 213 Water Street
New York, NY   

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2, 3, 4, 5 to Fulton Street; J, M, Z to Fulton/Broadway/Nassau St.; A, C to Broadway Nassau St. M15 (South Ferry) downtown to Fulton St. When you exit subway walk east on Fulton Street, enter the Seaport and take the first right onto Water Street to the Melville Gallery at 213 Water Street.

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South Street Seaport Museum
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show Experience
November 29 - December 29, 2019

The South Street Seaport Museum presents The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show Experience, a fun-filled hour-long experience complete with an interactive puppet show, activities, and the opportunity to take a picture with The Very Hungry Caterpillar, from November 29 through December 29, 2019 with three performances on select dates at 10am, 11:30am, and 1pm at the Melville Gallery at 213 Water Street, NYC. Tickets are $25 (children under one are $5 with accompanying paid adult ticket) and are available via the Museum website at or directly from OvationTix at
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by author/illustrator Eric Carle has delighted generations of readers since it was first published in 1969, selling more than 43 million copies worldwide. Carle's well-known books have captivated readers with his iconic colorful hand-painted tissue paper collage illustrations and distinctively simple stories. His work has introduced generations of children to a bigger, brighter world - and to their first experience of reading itself.
Witness these timeless classics come to life during an interactive story time at The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show Experience.
Created by Jonathan Rockefeller, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show Experiencefeatures a variety of puppets, faithfully adapting three of Eric Carle's stories, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, 10 Little Rubber Ducks, and of course, the star of the event - The Very Hungry Caterpillar. 
The experience lasts approximately sixty minutes, including a puppet show with special audience participation elements. Plus, all attendees will have the opportunity to take a picture with The Very Hungry Caterpillar!
Each performance will feature The Very Hungry Caterpillar paired with the story listed below:
11/29, 12/1, 12/7, 12/14, 12/21, 12/26, 12/28, 12/29: 
10am - Brown Bear, Brown Bear; 11:30am - 10 Little Rubber Ducks; 1pm - Brown Bear, Brown Bear
11/30, 12/8, 12/15, 12/22, 12/27: 
10am - 10 Little Rubber Ducks; 11:30am - Brown Bear, Brown Bear; 1pm - 10 Little Rubber Ducks
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Melville Gallery is a historic building and there are four steps to enter the building. Please contact us at 212-748-8600 with access questions.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show Experience is sponsored by the Howard Hughes Corporation.
The South Street Seaport Museum, located in the heart of the historic seaport district in New York City, preserves and interprets the history of New York as a great port city. Founded in 1967, and designated by Congress as America's National Maritime Museum, the Museum houses an extensive collection of works of art and artifacts, a maritime reference library, exhibition galleries and education spaces, working nineteenth century print shops, and an active fleet of historic vessels that all work to tell the story of "Where New York Begins."

This celebration of Eugene O’Neill’s early sea plays — collectively known as the S.S. Glencairn cycle (1914-1917) — engages theater-goers in a unique performance featuring professional actors as well as Hunter College students and alumni. Together, they bring the experiences of sailors far from home to life, as dramatized by one of the true masters of American Drama. These three early one-act plays include:

Moon of the Caribbees - Fighting, singing, dancing and drinking unite sailors anchored in a port far from home as they relax with locals smuggling rum on board in fruit baskets.

Bound East for Cardiff - After an accident, a dying sailor reflects on old adventures and life at sea in a fog-shrouded ship headed from New York to Wales .

The Long Voyage Home – A sailor’s plans to return home to his mother and family after a lengthy journey at sea are derailed when he visits a seedy London bar, where he is drugged, robbed, and shanghaied aboard another ship for a dangerous voyage.

Seawife  | Open: 06/26/15 Close: 07/19/15
The dynamic downtown theater company Naked Angels, under the leadership of new Artistic Director Liz Carlson, presents the World Premiere of SeaWife, a new folk concert play co-created by Seth Moore (The Man With America Skin) and indie-folk rock sextet The Lobbyists.  SeaWife has a limited summer engagement, through July 19, at South Street Seaport Museum’s Melville Gallery (213 Water Street) in New York’s historic South Street Seaport district.


Part play, part concert, and part environmental experience, SeaWife is a modern theatrical event that envelops its audience in a dark original tale marked with romance, tragedy and spirits on the high seas. Audiences will be invited to raise a glass of ale as they are transported through an adventure of epic proportions following Percy, a young sailor bred within the golden age of the American whaling industry, as he journeys through port cities and sea vessels in search of a greater glory than killing leviathan. From haunting folk ballads to rhythmic bluegrass melodies, SeaWife features an original score that weaves lush harmonies and folk instrumentation to create a unique acoustic sound, performed by actor-musicians Tommy Crawford, Eloïse Eonnet, Alex Grubbs, Will Turner, Tony Vo and Douglas Waterbury-Tieman (“The Lobbyists”) with Raymond Sicam III.


“I am beyond thrilled that, for my inaugural production as Naked Angels’ Artistic Director, we are able to bring this riveting piece of theatre to life within a most iconic and fitting venue,” said Carlson, who also directs. “SeaWife is an intimate, richly atmospheric work that draws from the fascinating world of the 19th-century whaling industry – so it was our dream from day one that this piece would find its physical home within that same world. South Street Seaport is our city’s most remarkable historic district, and with its current revitalization campaign following Hurricane Sandy, we are honored to be a part of the movement to reestablish the extraordinary energy and activity the Seaport held for so many centuries.”  


Developed by Carlson within Naked Angels' 3-Step Formula, SeaWife features a rising-star creative team including Set Designer Jason Sherwood (Goodspeed's Circus in Winter; Broadway’s Living on Love – Assoc.), Costume Designer Loren Shaw (Restoration Comedy), Lighting Designer Jake DeGroot (Here Lies Love – Assoc.) and Sound Designer Dave Sanderson (Hand to God – Assoc.), with puppet design by James Ortiz (The Woodsman), prop design by Samantha Shoffner and visual art by Kate Lehman & Travis Schlat.



SeaWife will play Tuesday through Sunday at 7:00PM.* Tickets are $40 and can be purchased at *No performance July 4, additional late-night performance at 11:00PM on July 3.


A Slight Headache  | Open: 03/20/09 Close: 04/12/09
The classic theme of a daughter's struggle for freedom and a mother's quest for survival takes place among the strange, the unusual, the bizarre and the exotic.

The daughter of this drama miraculously sprang from her mother's forehead at birth. Since that time, their shared and indestructible hair has joined the pair. Over the years, the daughter has grown and the hair has grown but the hair cannot be cut. In order to survive, the Mother exploits this freakish condition. In nightly entertainments, the Mother sings, recounts her daughter's extraordinary birth and invites viewers to try to cut their hair. The daughter tells fortunes. But tonight the daughter refuses to perform. She reveals secrets about herself and the hair that drive the women to a final, perhaps fatal, confrontation witnessed by the audience. Alyson Pou plays both Mother and Daughter.

The installation/setting is an enveloping experience with a romantic aura and slightly gothic tone. A barker invites the audience to enter a "cabinet of curiosities" complete with such oddities as the world's only bearded piranha. Souvenirs such as magic hair growth elixir and postcards are offered. Even a toy puppet theater is for sale, with which one can re-enact the duo's life and adventures. In the back of this area is a small stage with velvet curtains, footlights, sideshow banners and a piano where the Mother and Daughter perform their daily show.

The script, costume, and installation of "A Slight Headache" have been developed in part during residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and an artist's research fellowship at the American Antiquarian Society, Worchester, MA. In 2006, Voice and Vision Theatre awarded Pou one of five ENVISION professional playwright residencies at Bard College. Additionally, "A Slight Headache" has been performed as a work-in-progress at Dixon Place, Bowery Poetry Project, Mulberry Street Theatre, Kraine Theatre, Women's Studio Center, Work Space Gallery in NYC and the Metropolitan Club, Washington DC.