“A stunner… sprawling yet intimate, scary yet hilarious treasure from the futurist past…Michael Shannon, full of power and grief, dazzles.” – Linda Winer, Newsday

“The season’s must-see, must-fail-to-understand theatrical event. Ionesco would not have minded the shrugging: bewilderment is both his style and his point.” – Jesse Green, New York Magazine

“FOUR STARS. Extraordinary …a dream cast…bravura staging…witty, musical translation…this macabre masterpiece blazes to life.” – David Cote, Time Out New York

“A definitive production.” – Pete Hempstead, TheaterMania

“A gripping theatrical experience.” – Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter

“Rich in atmosphere.” – Joe Dziemianowicz, New York Daily News


By Eugène Ionesco
Newly Translated: Michael Feingold
Featuring Kristine Nielsen, Michael Shannon, Paul Sparks, and Robert Stanton in a company of 20 actors.
Directed by Darko Tresnjak

May 17-June 29, 2014

Ionesco’s The Killer was first performed in 1959 in Paris. Berenger (Michael Shannon), a cheerful, well-meaning everyman, discovers a “radiant city” near his dismal urban home, a perpetually sunny, impeccably clean place full of marvelous architecture and beautiful gardens. The one hitch: a serial murderer has been brazenly killing people there for so long that the authorities have given up trying to catch him.

Michael Shannon appears on stage, film and television. In 2012, he starred on Broadway in Grace. Additional theatre includes Uncle Vanya, Our Town, Mistakes Were Made, Bug and Killer Joe. He received an Academy Award® nomination for his performance in Revolutionary Road and plays Nelson Van Alden in Boardwalk Empire.

Darko-135X135Darko Tresnjak is the Artistic Director of Hartford Stage. For TFANA, he directed All’s Well That Ends Well, Antony and Cleopatra, and The Merchant of Venice featuring F. Murray Abraham as Shylock. His upcoming productions include La Dispute and Macbeth at Hartford Stage. His acclaimed production of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder is currently running at the Walter Kerr Theatre.

Pictured above: Eugène Ionesco, photo by Norman Seeff; Michael Shannon; and  Darko Tresnjak, photo by The Defining Photo.