Joan Marcus

Joan Marcus

Joan Marcus

Joan Marcus

Joan Marcus

Joan Marcus

Joan Marcus

Joan Marcus

The Sound and the Fury
(April Seventh, 1928)

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.

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 Advertiser March 12, 2010

The Sound And The Fury by Samela Harris

The Australian March 15, 2010

Tangled Narratives Of Tragedy And Hope by Murray Bramwell

Expresso-Actual January 24, 2009

The Sound And The Fury (April Seventh, 1928) by Joao Carneiro

Publico January 20, 2009

Flowing With The Flux by Rita Martins

The New Yorker May 26, 2008

Intruder In The Wings: A Staging Of William Faulkner's 'The Sound And The Fury' by Hilton Als

The New Yorker May 5, 2008

Critic's Notebook: Novel Approach by Hilton Als

The New York Times April 30, 2008

Faulkner's Haunted Family, Moving In And Out Of Time by Ben Brantley

Time Out New York April 30-May 6, 2008

Authorial Intense: Elevator Repair Service Puts Faulkner On Stage -- Verbatim. by Helen Shaw

Time Out New York April 30, 2008

The Sound And The Fury (April Seventh, 1928) by David Cote

The New York Sun April 30, 2008

Elevator Repair Service's 'The Sound And The Fury (April Seventh, 1928)' by Eric Grode

The International Herald Tribune April 29, 2008

Elevator Repair Service Celebrates Stream-Of-Consciousness

Backstage April 29, 2008

The Sound And The Fury (April Seventh, 1928): Elevator Repair Service At New York Theatre Workshop by Andy Propst

Variety April 29, 2008

Review: 'The Sound And The Fury (April Seventh, 1928)' by Mark Blankenship

The New York Times April 27, 2008

They Did 'Gatsby." But Can The Handle Faulkner? by Justin Bergman

Variety November 30, 2007

Elevator Pushes Buttons With "Fury": N.Y. Company's Faulkner Adaptation Bows In April by Sam Theilman

The Brooklyn Rail April 2008

Nothing But Novel: Elevator Repair Service Does Faulkner by Claire Epstein

The Village Voice March 4, 2008

Spring Theater Preview - The Sound And The Fury, An Idiot's Tale: ERS Follows Up Fitzgerald With Faulkner by Alexis Soloski

Variety November 30, 2007

NY Theaters Set Stage For Novel Ideas by Mark Blankenship



  • 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
  • Victoria Vazquez (also Kristen Sieh)
  • Ben Williams


  • 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
  • Stage Manager Sarah Hughes
  • Assistant Stage Manager (2008) Katie Farley
  • Technical Director Ben Williams
  • Production Manager Brian Garber
  • Company Manager Ariana Smart Truman