Coming Soon

November 7th -16th, 2014

Automata is pleased to announce the return of

Microscope Toy Theater

presenting two performances over two weeks

The Fisherman's Dream and Star in a Glass Jar

Late night on the shore... The old fisherman sits next to the fire. He recalls his youth and falls asleep pulling the the audience with him into a dream, both poetic and absurd.

A tiny spectacle which intermingles silent film and live paper puppetry.

A solo production by artist and composer Yulya Dukhovny presented at 10th Great Small Works Festival in New York and "On Edge" Festival of Contemporary Performance Art in Santa Barbara.

Showtimes for The Fisherman's Dream
Friday, Nov 7th at 8pm
Saturday, Nov 8th at 8pm

Thursday, Nov 13th at 8pm
Friday, Nov 14th at 8pm
Saturday, Nov 15th at 8pm

***For adults and young adults (ages 12+) audiences***

Seating is Limited; Advance Reservations Suggested.


A miniature paper performance inspired by the tradition of Kamishibaj, a method of storytelling originating in Japan.

Star in a Glass Jar is an incredible adventure of one child's letter with no address, which finds its way to the other side of the world. There, in a small village, may live someone willing and ready to help.

One of best holiday events in Moscow. - "Moscow Reporter, December 2012

Original story, design and music: Yulya Dukhovny
Voice of narration and vocal: Claire Finnk

Showtimes for STAR IN A GLASS JAR:

Saturday, Nov. 8th at 2pm
Sunday, Nov. 9th at 2pm & 4pm

Saturday, Nov. 15th at 2pm
Sunday, Nov. 16th at 2pm & 4pm

***For the entire family (recommended for ages 5+)***

Seating is Limited; Advance Reservations Suggested.


Microscope Toy Theater is a touring company founded in 2010 by the musician and artist Yulya Dukhovny. She produces indoor miniature spectacles for children and adults. Her live performances incorporate traditional toy theater (also known as paper or model theater), video, original music and experimental puppetry.

Microscope Toy Theater was at Automata last year performing The Real Elephant to the delight of young audiences. We are very excited for that Yulya Dukhovny is back again performing two new shows!

After the show come by the Far East Plaza and see AUGUSTINE SEPTEMBER

NOVEMBER 7th and 8th, 2014

The Culmination of

Augustine September: Artist in Residence
by Susan Simpson

At the Automata Kiosk at the Far East Plaza

Augustine September, our micro artist in residence concludes her residency with a presentation of work. During her residency, Augustine September has been developing an epic narrative around an embattled menagerie of creatures who inhabit a tiny highly volcanic island. She has painted countless illustrations, assembled costumes from Chinatown detritus, staged short scenes, and wrote of the life and culture of this highly anxious island. Augustine will be presenting all of this in an illustrated lecture and enactments of island life.

Performed by DanRae Wilson and Susan Simpson
with music by Eric Potter

Friday, Nov 7th, 7-10 pm
Saturday, Nov 8th, 3 to 6pm

*These performances are ambient. Come anytime during the open hours.
Come by after seeing Star in a Glass Jar or Fisherman's Dream!

The Far East Plaza (727 N. Broadway) runs in between Hill and Broadway on the South end of Chinatown. Automata's Kiosk lies right outside Chego and Scoops!


Special thanks to the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, The Durfee Foundation,The Center for Cultural Innovation, The Metabolic Studio, and The MAP fund