Kafka and Son

“Packed with edgy energy and a booming heart.”
Edinburgh Guide


Creative Team

  • Adapted by: Mark Cassidy and Alon Nashman from Franz Kafka’s “Brief an den Vater.”
  • Directed by: Mark Cassidy
  • Performed by: Alon Nashman
  • Music by: Osvaldo Golijov, performed by the St. Lawrence String Quartet
  • Set by: Marysia Bucholc and Camellia Koo
  • Costume by: Barbara Singer
  • Lighting by: Andrea Lundy
  • Produced by: Theaturtle and Threshold Theatre, in association with Richard Jordan and The Pleasance.


At the age of 36, Franz Kafka was still living at home, a petty bureaucrat, a failed artist, a timid Jewish son. Ruling and ruining his life was his overbearing father, Hermann. What to do? Kafka wrote a 50 page letter to his father in which he reveals deep connections between his life and his fiction. Adapted from this monumental letter, Kafka and Son is a blistering, often hilarious, dissection of domestic authority, and a revelatory visit with one of the architects of the modern psyche.


Press & Reviews.

  • Broadway Baby

    ★★★★★ "Kafka and Son is a masterclass in the economy of truth, complete character immersion and storytelling."

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  • The Reviews Hub

    ★★★★★ "The intense opening throws one into this production and it does not let up from there."

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  • TheaterScene, New York

    ★★★★★ “Nashman’s tour de force performance…”

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  • British Theatre Guide

    ★★★★★ “...a staggeringly well wrought production.”

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  • Jewish Renaissance Magazine, UK

    ★★★★★ "Deeply moving."

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  • Fringe Guru

    ★★★★★ “Simply breathtaking.”

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  • Boston Globe

    ★★★★★ “...immensely compelling theater...searing.”

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  • Edinburgh Guide

    ★★★★★ “Packed with edgy energy and a booming heart.”

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  • Kieler Nachrichten, Germany

    ★★★★★ “Haunting solo...a triumph.”

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  • Prague Fringe Review

    ★★★★★ “Highly recommended.”

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  • Johannesburg Review, South Africa

    ★★★★★ “Nashman’s masterpiece.”

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  • Plays To See, New York

    ★★★★★ “...powerful, haunting.”

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