"I had the joy of seeing Alon Nashman's amazing performance. DON'T MISS IT!"Dame Maggie Smith
"...a force of nature, so passionate and committed it is nearly impossible to imagine anyone else playing the character."Times Colonist, Victoria
"Intoxicated by theater... portrayed with a fervent-eyed intensity by Mr. Nashman."New York Times
"Nashman's masterpiece... an unforgettable privilege to be able to see this performer in South Africa."MyView, Johannesburg
"Nashman’s characters are funny, detailed and absolutely truthful. The whole production is flawless."Broadway Baby, Edinburgh
"His final speech, a fearsome blend of anger and pain, will leave you shaking."NOW Magazine, Toronto
"Anyone who knows Nashman's work will not be surprised to discover that he is more than hysterically funny. He also dispenses a profound humanism."Toronto Star
"Nashman captures the essence of the piece in his quicksilver performance."Globe and Mail, Toronto
"...a tribute to the possibilities of the human mind and the human imagination."National Post
"A stunning tour de force."Beat Magazine
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. Selected credits include: The Summoned, Much Ado About Nothing, Forests, Scorched (Dora Nomination, Dora Award: Outstanding Production), Democracy, Remnants (Dora Award: Outstanding Production) Alias Godot (Tarragon Theatre), Hamlet, All’s Well That Ends Well, Botticelli in the Fire/Sunday in Sodom (Dora Award: Outstanding Production), Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Dora Nomination), THIS (Toronto Theatre Critic’s Award, Dora Nomination) (Canadian Stage), The Wild Duck (Soulpepper), Hedda Gabler (Volcano / Buddies in Bad Times), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Dora Award: Outstanding Production) (Birdland Theatre), Macbeth (Modern Times), This Hotel, Wedding Day at the Cromagnons (Theatre Passe Muraille), Howl (Threshold / Buddies in Bad Times)..., Talley’s Folly, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Resurgence), If Jesus Met Nanabush (De-ba-jeh-mu-jig Theatre), The Barber of Seville (Persephone Theatre), Easy Lenny Lazmon and the Great Western Ascension (Dora Award: Outstanding Production) (Go Chicken Go), Reading Hebron, A Short History of Night, Restitution, and Singapore (Factory Theatre), Hirsch, None is Too Many (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre), Hotel Loopy (Theatre Columbus), The Hobbit (Young People’s Theatre). Alon 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.
Theaturtle was established by Alon in 1999 to create essential, ecstatic theatre that touches the earth and agitates the soul. Under the banner of Theaturtle, 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); Kafka and Son, developed with Mark Cassidy of Threshold Theatre, based on Franz Kafka’s “Letter to His Father.” Kafka and Son has toured with acclaim across Canada, to the National Theatre of Iceland, the Edinburgh Fringe, The Hague, Budapest, London, Prague (Outstanding Performance Award), Germany’s Thespis Festival (Jury Prize), the Ankara International Theatre Festival, and twice to South Africa’s National Arts Festival; The Snow Queen (Dora Nominations for Outstanding Production and Performance), scored for string quartet, narrated by Patrick Cardy and directed by Alon, was developed in collaboration with the Banff Centre for the Arts. The Snow Queen has been presented by Toronto’s Young Centre, Ottawa Chamber Music, Calgary ProMusica, the Ice Magic Festival in Lake Louise, and Vancouver’s Music in the Morning. In 2009, Alon directed a workshop production of a vibrant new play with music, Noah’s Great Rainbow by Sam Chaiton, with music by Mighty Popo, Waleed Abdulhamid and David Buchbinder. With Paul Thompson, Alon developed Hirsch about legendary director John Hirsch. The play premiered at the Stratford Festival of Canada, where it was reviewed positively by the New York Times and seen by the likes of Maggie Smith. Hirsch has toured to Winnipeg, Vancouver, Victoria, Edinburgh, and South Africa.
Alon is currently developing three projects with Theaturtle, including Charlotte: A Tri-coloured Play with Music, with UK based scenographer/director Pamela Howard and Czech composer Aleš Březina. 2017 will see the premiere of Charlotte at Toronto’s Luminato Festival, and at World Stage Design in Taipei.
Charlotte: A Tri-Coloured Play with Music
Czech composer Ales Brezina, British director/scenographer Pamela Howard, and myself prepare for the first public performance of Charlotte: A Tri-Coloured Play with Music based on the life and artwork of Charlotte Salomon, born in Berlin a hundred years ago. CHARLOTTE will perform at the prestigious World Stage Design Festival on June 30, July 1 and 2, 2017 to coincide with the 150th anniversary of Canadian confederation.Read more
Two Lives: Intoxicated by Theater - NY Times
"An interest in the workings of theater — and the often unbridled passions of the men and women who work backstage to bring it to life — is all that is really required to enjoy Mr. Nashman and Mr. Thompson’s tribute to an artist whose work they revere, and a man whose demons they depict with clear eyes but sympathetic hearts."Read more
Kafka and Son returns to Edinburgh!
Winner of Outstanding Production Awards in Prague, Canada, Germany, and South African this five-star, sell-out hit on four continents makes a return visit to Edinburgh Fringe Festival as part of its World Tour.Read more
Kafka and Son in Turkey
Kafka and Son made a huge impression at two venues in Turkey, where it resonated on both the personal and political levels in the weeks leading up to the recent referendum. This photo of Alon and producer/collaborator Hakan Silahsizoglu was taken before a sold-out performance with an intensely-engaged audience at Atasehir International Theatre Festival in Istanbul.Read more
Active Political Music Theatre Pushing Boundaries
"Works like CHARLOTTE: a Tri-Coloured Play with Music, giving us new windows on times we don't want to return to, are essential to the survival of the human spirit." Jennifer Parr, WholeNote, June 1, 2017Read more
How Shakespeare in High Park’s Alon Nashman met his match
I met Elizabeth in Jerusalem 24 years ago and she is still my favourite person in the world. This photo was taken in Iceland where Kafka and Son played at the National Theatre with Elizabeth stage managing.Read more