A one-man theatrical presentation adapted from a letter written by Franz Kafka, 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. The 1-hour play will be set to a recording of the powerful music of Osvaldo Golijov. The program will open with a musical performance of Golijov’s Lullaby and Doina.


GOLIJOV: Lullaby and Doina
ENSEMBLE: Danny Koo, violin | Barry Shiffman, viola | Andres Diaz, cello | Roberto Occhipinti, bass | Tara Helen O’Connor, flute | Todd Palmer, clarinet

Kafka and Son, one-man play

"Nashman's tour de force performance... If the challenge of every one-man show is to sustain our attention, Nashman succeeds spectacularly." TheatreScene.net

At age 36, Franz Kafka wrote a monumental letter to his overbearing father that would change the course of his life and fiction forever. A blistering, often hilarious, dissection of domestic authority, Kafka and Son is a revelatory visit with one of the architects of the modern psyche.  Developed by Alon Nashman with Mark Cassidy of Threshold Theatre, Kafka and Son has toured with tremendous critical acclaim  as winner of “Outstanding Production” at the Prague, Canada, Germany, and South African Theatre Awards, and a five star sell-out hit on four continents. 

“Funny, heart-breaking, and chilling theatre” CBC (Canada) 
“Kafka and Son is pure, unadulterated, surreal goodness.” VueWeekly, CA

Alon Nashman is a performer, director, creator, and producer of theatre. Since graduating from the National Theatre School of Canada, Alon has worked with theatres across the country and around the world. Under the banner of Theaturtle, established in 1999 to create essential, ecstatic theatre that touches the earth and agitates the soul, Alon has been involved with the creation, production and touring of numerous significant theatre pieces. Among these are Adam Nashman’s The Song, featuring Alon and Deborah Hay; Wajdi Mouawad’s Alphonse, in the Toronto Fringe, with Theatre Direct and on tour to Edinburgh (nominated for Dora and Brickenden Awards); and Kafka and Son. In addition to many theatre credits, Nashman was a principal actor/director with the “Shakespeare and The Queen’s Men Project” at U. of Toronto, and Narrator/Storyteller in Tales of Two Cities with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra.


Alon Nashman discusses Kafka & Son

Barry Shiffman and Alon Nashman discuss Kafka & Son



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