TFANA in the News

Lighting and Sound Review: The Prisoner

“In its contemplation of humanity’s unruliest emotions and its Zen-like, profoundly interior account of one man’s reparations, The Prisoner has a spiritual quality one doesn’t often find in the contemporary theatre; this is especially true in its highly effective use of silence. Strange and terrible things happen in The Prisoner, but each is given ample time and space…Read More »

Artforum interview with Peter Brook

“Peter Brook has been a gale force in theater for well over half a century.” – Artforum Click here to watch Peter Brook discuss THE PRISONER and the real life experience from over 50 years ago that inspired it and haunts him to this day.   THE PRISONER, text and direction by Peter Brook and…Read More »

Theater Pizzazz Review: The Prisoner

“Brook’s profound understanding of Dostoevsky and Beckett – both of whose work he has directed – informs The Prisoner. Though the place is never specified (it could be anywhere), the landscape of Beckett’s Waiting for Godot is conjured up before our eyes. In this case, however, the “waiting” is not for a savior, but rather for enlightenment within.…Read More »

Hartford Courant on THE PRISONER

“The Prisoner is a story made to be told in the theater. Here we all are in the audience, facing uncomfortable truths, lost in thought, staring straight ahead.” Read more from the Hartford Courant on The Prisoner, coming to Polonksy Shakespeare Center November 24 through December 16. Learn more.


“Red earth of somewhere, not European…In The Prisoner, the stage has a look that has come to be associated with the work of Peter Brook…and when an elderly white man appears (an understated and slightly self-mocking Donald Sumpter), it is, indeed, to introduce a story that began for him long ago, during a journey in a distant…Read More »

New Haven Register on THE PRISONER

“The Prisoner thrives on its simplicity in physical production design, words and performance. This 70-minute allegory fairly ripples with sprawling wisdom and compassion.” Read more from the New Haven Register on The Prisoner, coming to Polonksy Shakespeare Center November 24 through December 16. Learn more.

New York Times Review: The Prisoner

“A tale of crime and punishment… The Prisoner, written and directed by Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne, offers a spartan and elliptical presentation that asks audience members to fill in blank spaces with their own imagination… The air vibrates with songs of birds, and the man Mavuso answers them in shy whistles. His face, which…Read More »

Time Out New York Review: The Prisoner

“A radically simple enactment and performance. The Prisoner offers deep moral seriousness. No other theater in town can offer it.” – Time Out New York Read the full review from Time Out New York. The Prisoner, text and direction by Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne closes December 16. Learn more.

The New York Times and The Guardian on Cicely Berry

TFANA mourns the loss of board member and long-time collaborator Cicely Berry,  who passed away October 15, 2018 at the age of 92.   “Cicely Berry, Who Taughts Actors Shakespeare’s Sound is Dead at 92” from The New York Times. Read more. “Cicely Berry Obituary in The Guardian. Read more.

Remembering Board Member Merle Debuskey

By Neil Genzlinger “We couldn’t have built Polonsky Shakespeare Center without his advocacy,” Mr. Horowitz said by email, referring to the facility that Theater for a New Audience opened in 2013 in Brooklyn. “When it came to making people listen about what mattered, Merle was persuasive, eloquent and funny.” READ THE FULL NEW YORK TIMES…Read More »