Apparently Elevator Repair Service could read the phone book to critical acclaim. That certainly is the case with Gatz, their reading of The Great Gatsby, and with The Sound And The Fury, based on William Faulkner’s 1929 pioneering novel by the same name. Directed by John Collins, with scenic design by David Zinn, costumes by Colleen Werthmann, lighting by Mark Barton, projections by Eva von Schweinitz, and sound by Matt Tierney, this is the show that all attendees at the Live Design New York Master Classes for sound will see on June 5. Tierney will discuss his designs for the show at a panel the next day at Tisch School of the Arts at NYU as part of the NYMC.
When The Sound And The Fury premiered in 2008 at New York Theatre Workshop, it was hailed by Ben Brantley in The New York Times as “a magical opportunity: the chance to rediscover some of the thrill that came with encountering and gradually embracing one of the great achievements of Western literature for the first time.”
With a lush sound score, high-energy choreography, and a profoundly versatile ensemble, Elevator Repair Service delivers a verbatim staging of the novel’s opening chapter (the Benjy chapter), Faulkner’s famous experiment with memory and language.
Take a quick look at the production in the video below.