Joan Marcus

Joan Marcus

Joan Marcus

Joan Marcus

Joan Marcus

Joan Marcus

Joan Marcus

Joan Marcus

The Sound and the Fury

Originally produced in New York City by New York Theatre Workshop with the support of Dartmouth College.


In 2008, The Sound and the Fury was presented for the first time at New York Theatre Workshop, it subsequently toured to; REDCAT, Los Angeles, The Vienna Festival, Vienna, The Holland Festival, Amsterdam, and The Adelaide Festival, Australia. In 2015, The Sound and the Fury was remounted at The Public Theater for a twice-extended limited run. 


The second in a trilogy of literary adaptations, this production tackles one of American literature’s most daunting challenges: the first chapter of William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury. That chapter, known as “the Benjy Chapter,” is told from the point of view of the Compson family’s youngest son. Mute and mentally handicapped, Benjy cannot distinguish between past and present. In prose that is in turns lyrical and confounding, hilarious and tragic, he free-associates his way through his family’s troubled past and longs for his lost sister.


With the same radical commitment ERS showed in its groundbreaking staging of The Great Gatsby, the ensemble embraces Faulkner’s language and his multilayered narrative. An eerily timeless family living room is the setting for the company’s romp through this dark story. With humor, pathos, high-energy choreography and a wildly versatile ensemble, the company brings this infamous literary masterpiece to life on stage.


Support provided by REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater).


Hypnotic … a magical opportunity.

—Ben Brantley, The New York Times


A stunning act of literary transmutation.

—David Cote, Time Out New York


…Suffused with an innocence that one rarely glimpses in a contemporary work of art.

—Hilton Als, The New Yorker


…Sophisticated and complex…one leaves the theatre awash with vivid images…

The Advertiser, Adelaide



The New York Times May 21, 2015

Review: ‘The Sound and the Fury,’ Elevator Repair Service’s Take on Faulkner by Ben Brantley

TimeOut New York January 20, 2015

The Sound and the Fury: 4 Stars by David Cote

Entertainment Weekly May 21, 2015

Elevator Repair Service’s The Sound and the Fury: EW stage review by Isabella Biedenharn

Theatermania May 21, 2015

The Sound and the Fury by Zachary Stewart

Exeunt Magazine May 21, 2015

The Sound and the Fury at Public Theater by Molly Grogan

New York Post May 21, 2015

‘The Sound and the Fury’ is a confusing yet engrossing Faulkner reboot by Elisabeth Vincentelli

New York Daily News May 22, 2015

Fury, Again by Joe Dziemianowicz

Theater Pizzazz! May 21, 2015

The Sound and the Fury by Samuel L. Leiter

Huffington Post May 21, 2015

ERS’s “Sound and Fury” Signifying… Something by Michael Giltz

The Bergen Record May 22, 2015

‘The Sound and the Fury’ by Robert Feldberg



  • Mike Iveson
  • Vin Knight
  • Aaron Landsman (also Pete Simpson)
  • Daphne Gaines
  • Rosie Goldensohn
  • Randolph Curtis Rand
  • Greig Sargeant
  • Lucy Taylor
  • Kaneza Schaal
  • Susie Sokol
  • Tory Vazquez (also Maggie Hoffman)
  • Ben Williams



  • Mike Iveson
  • Vin Knight
  • Aaron Landsman (also Pete Simpson)
  • Annie McNamara
  • April Matthis (also Autumn Knight)
  • Randolph Curtis Rand (also Jim Fletcher)
  • Greig Sargeant
  • Kate Scelsa
  • Kaneza Schaal
  • Susie Sokol
  • Tory Vazquez (also Kristen Sieh)
  • Ben Williams


  • Text by William Faulkner
  • Created by Elevator Repair Service
  • Director John Collins
  • Assistant Director (2008) Rachel Chavkin
  • Set Designer David Zinn
  • Lighting Designer Mark Barton
  • Sound Designer Matt Tierney
  • Costume Designer Colleen Werthmann
  • Projections by Eva von Schweinitz
  • Dance Director Katherine Profeta
  • Choreographed by The ERS Ensemble
  • Stage Manager (2008) Sarah Hughes, (2015) Maurina Lioce
  • Assistant Stage Manager (2008) Katie Farley, (2015) Bridget Balodis
  • Technical Director Ben Williams
  • Production Manager Brian Garber
  • Associate Producer Lindsay Hockaday
  • Producer Ariana Smart Truman


Produced in 2015 by

Elevator Repair Service
in partnership with
The Public Theater
The Lehoczky Escobar Family
Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz
in association with
Shawn M. Donnelley
David Gilbert