Joan Marcus

Joan Marcus

Joan Marcus

Joan Marcus

Joan Marcus

The Sound and the Fury

For the second in a trilogy of literary adaptations, ERS takes on 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.



Hypnotic … a magical opportunity.

—Ben Brantley, The New York Times


Five stars. 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


Originally presented in New York City by New York Theatre Workshop with the support of Dartmouth College. Support provided by REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater). More Info. 


The New York Times May 21, 2015

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

TimeOut New York January 20, 2015

The Sound and the Fury: Theater Review David Cote

Entertainment Weekly May 21, 2015

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

Theatermania May 21, 2015

The Sound and the Fury Zachary Stewart

Exeunt Magazine May 14, 2015

The Sound and the Fury at Public Theater Molly Grogan

New York Post May 21, 2015

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

New York Daily News May 22, 2015

Fury, Again Joe Dziemianowicz

Theater Pizzazz! May 21, 2015

The Sound and the Fury Samuel L. Leiter

Huffington Post May 21, 2015

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

The Bergen Record May 22, 2015

‘The Sound and the Fury’ Robert Feldberg


  • 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
  • Ben Jalosa Williams


  • Text William Faulkner
  • Created by Elevator Repair Service
  • Director John Collins
  • Scenic Designer David Zinn
  • Lighting Designer Mark Barton
  • Sound Designer Matt Tierney
  • Costume Designer Colleen Werthmann
  • Projections by Eva von Schweinitz
  • Choreography by The ERS Company
  • Dance Director Katherine Profeta
  • Produced by Ariana Smart Truman
  • Production Stage Manager Maurina Lioce
  • 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


Original production included performers Annie McNamara, April Matthis, and Kate Scelsa and stage manager Sarah Hughes.