Erik Sanko is a musician, artist and marionette-maker living in New York City.

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The Village Voice:  "...a repulsively refulgent marionette show featuring the seven deadly sins...  [Sanko] and erstwhile Oingo Boingo frontman Danny Elfman offer a delightfully eerie score that tickles and alarms.  Irish songster Gavin Friday lends his gravelly tones to the narration.  The design team has built costumes and sets with any number of sinister trims and frills.  Indeed, for those souls with a taste for the elegantly macabre, attendance is highly advised.  To miss it—now that would be a sin." 

The New York Times:  "A morality fable for grown-ups, evoking the familiar idioms of Edward Gorey and Tim Burton in a style you might term Victorian ghastly... the set, a regular wunderkammer, keeps opening up to reveal new sets and images, little Victorian dioramas... macabre and engaging."  

The New York Times:  "Mr. Sanko's figures are the grim spawn of Edward Gorey and David Lynch, with papier-mache faces more grizzled and world-weary than those of most character actors. 'Very few puppet theaters take advantage of their creepy factor,' Mr. Sanko said... The set underscores why The Fortune Teller is an anomaly in the sphere of marionette theater, or any theater: a level of intricacy most commonly seen in fine art."

 Fortune Teller: NY Times Feature Article 


"Erik Sanko's marvelously creepy marionette play... [is] a perfect pre-Halloween morality play with a twist ending worthy of The Twilight Zone.  Even as the play induces tingles and bemused smiles, the craftsmanship of the entire production astounds... [a] grandly satisfying piece of theatre in minature."

 Backstage Review Fortune Teller 

"I was enraptured by what I saw taking place on stage. The design of the puppets is magnificent, each of them embodying their character as easily as a live person. The puppets' costumes are precise but not overstated, resulting in the puppets settling into the world created for them perfectly. ... The Fortune Teller is easily more interesting, entertaining, and enjoyable than anything I've seen in a movie theater all year."