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The Sound and the Fury

May 14 - July 12

Martinson Hall


Running time: approx. 2 hrs & 15 min, with no intermission

"MAGICAL. The chance to rediscover the THRILL that came with encountering one of the GREAT ACHIEVEMENTS of Western literature for the first time." -Ben Brantley, The New York Times

"FIVE STARS! STUNNING & UTTERLY ORIGINAL." -David Cote, Time Out New York

Obie Award winning ensemble ELEVATOR REPAIR SERVICE returns to The Public, home to its sold-out performances of Gatz (2010 and 2012) and Arguendo (2013), with their widely praised staging of William Faulkner’s modernist masterpiece, The Sound and the Fury.

With a lush sound score, high-energy choreography and a profoundly versatile ensemble, ERS delivers a verbatim staging of the novel’s opening chapter (“the Benjy chapter”), Faulkner’s famous experiment with memory and language. 

Serving up the tragic demise of Faulkner’s Compson family with humor and pathos against a backdrop of an eerily timeless Southern living room, this ensemble of theatrical daredevils, known for their fearless commitment, breathes thrilling new life into another American literary classic.

Originally presented by New York Theatre Workshop with the support of Dartmouth College.

Generously supported by the Howard Gilman Foundation.

For more information about The Sound and the Fury, click here.

Click here to read a piece from The New Yorker on The Sound and the Fury.

Special Events

Join ERS for post-performance conversations with renowned Faulkner experts June 3rd and June 6th. Using the performance as a point of reference, panelists will discuss William Faulkner’s experimental writing style and the various obsessions that led him to write the Benjy chapter of The Sound and the Fury. Discussions will be facilitated by ERS Artistic Director John Collins.

Ticket buyers to all performances in the run are welcome to attend. Panel discussions will take place in the Martinson Theater following the June 3rd 8:00pm and June 6th 2:00pm performances (approximately two and a half hours after performance begins).

 

Wed June 3rd

Following the 8:00pm performance

Jay Watson - Howry Professor of Faulkner Studies and Professor of English, University of Mississippi

Phil Weinstein - Professor of English Literature, Swarthmore College

 

Sat June 6th

Following the 2:00pm performance

Elizabeth Cornell - IT Communications Specialist, Fordham University

Donald Kartiganer - Howry Professor of Faulkner Studies Emeritus, University of Mississippi

John Matthews - Professor of English, Boston University

All orders subject to $5 per ticket service fee and $2 per ticket facility fee. Service fees are waived when you buy in person at the Box Office. All fees are waived for Public Theater Members and Partners. Plays, titles, actors, directors, and performance dates and times are subject to change.

The Public Theater

 

Elevator Repair Service

and the Lehoczky Escobar Family and Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz

in association with

Shawn M. Donnelley and David Gilbert

 

present

 

THE SOUND AND THE FURY
Produced, created and performed by ELEVATOR REPAIR SERVICE
Text by WILLIAM FAULKNER
Directed by JOHN COLLINS

Featuring Daphne Gaines, Rosie Goldensohn, Maggie Hoffman, Mike Iveson, Vin Knight, Aaron Landsman, Randolph Curtis Rand, Greig Sargeant, Kaneza Schaal, Pete Simpson, Susie Sokol, Lucy Taylor, Tory Vazquez and Ben Jalosa Williams

 

Scenic Design DAVID ZINN 
Costume Design COLLEEN WERTHMANN
Lighting Design MARK BARTON
Sound Design MATT TIERNEY
Projections EVA VON SCHWEINITZ
Additional Costumes JACOB A. CLIMER
Choreography THE ERS COMPANY
Dance Director KATHERINE PROFETA

 

Producer ARIANA SMART TRUMAN
Production Stage Manager MAURINA LIOCE
Production Manager DAVID NELSON
Technical Director REBECCA KEY
Associate Producer LINDSAY HOCKADAY

 

Director of Development SHANE D. HUDSON
Manager of Finance VINNY IAROPOLI