- 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.
★★★★★ "Kafka and Son is a masterclass in the economy of truth, complete character immersion and storytelling."
The Reviews Hub
★★★★★ "The intense opening throws one into this production and it does not let up from there."
TheaterScene, New York
★★★★★ “Nashman’s tour de force performance…”
British Theatre Guide
★★★★★ “...a staggeringly well wrought production.”
Jewish Renaissance Magazine, UK
★★★★★ "Deeply moving."
★★★★★ “Simply breathtaking.”
★★★★★ “...immensely compelling theater...searing.”
★★★★★ “Packed with edgy energy and a booming heart.”
Kieler Nachrichten, Germany
★★★★★ “Haunting solo...a triumph.”
Prague Fringe Review
★★★★★ “Highly recommended.”
Johannesburg Review, South Africa
★★★★★ “Nashman’s masterpiece.”
Plays To See, New York
★★★★★ “...powerful, haunting.”