"Cagey proves themselves worth watching!" -Martin Denton, NYTheatre.com
Cagey Productions is Karen Grenke and David Vining and was founded in 2001 to create opportunities for emerging theatre artists. Cagey received a 2014 Parent/Artist Grant from BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange and used it to write the first draft of their current project, 74. Cagey’s “trippy, episodic riff on the Electra myth" (Time Out), The Blue Puppies Cycle, was produced at venues across New York including The Chocolate Factory, The Ontological, Dixon Place and The Brick. Cagey’s The Zombie Chronicles received a Space Grant from BAX and was a featured piece at Tiny Theatre. Over the past decade, Cagey has created theatre and video at HERE Arts Center, the 14th Street Y, Arts in the Parks, Puppet Playhouse, The Metropolitan Playhouse, and online.
In 2011 Cagey went on hiatus to focus on their personal production, twins. During this time, Karen and David worked independently on outside productions with The Nerve Tank, Peculiar Works Project, and Melanie Jones. Cagey also spent the time contemplating the high cost of childcare. As their twins grew, they were thrilled to bring them into the studio and return to making art together. David and Karen hosted the Making Art While Parenting panel at BAX and continue to brainstorm and generate creative ways to be parent-artists. Sometimes they just play.
The New York Times
"THE GOLDEN AGE, a vaudeville group, brings fresh interpretations of a classic comedic style to this family show. A glance through the rear-view mirror."
BLUE PUPPIES is "richly entertaining, deliciously imaginative, and often very funny.... The collision of dark absurdist satire and passive consumerist complacency makes for a hilarious and pungent combination."
Time Out New York
BLUE PUPPIES is a "trippy, episodic riff on the Electra myth."