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.

  • 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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  • Boston Globe

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

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  • Fringe Guru

    “Simply breathtaking.”

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  • Broadway Baby

    “...performance is spell-binding...production is flawless.”

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  • StageDoor

    “As Kafka, Nashman is superb...”

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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

    “Tremendous solo...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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