A Primer for the Punctuation
of Heart Disease 

Based on the story by Jonathan Safran Foer

Adapted for stage by David Kantounas


A PRIMER FOR THE PUNCTUATION OF HEART DISEASE is a 20 minute performance lecture about the various uses of silence in the Foer family. 

The show was created in 2011 and has been performed at many events and venues around London including The Lyric Hammersmith, Tall Tales, Theatre Underground and Shh Boom.


It later went on to form a part of the full length piece, EVERYTHING ELSE HAPPENED in 2012.


'A character named Jonathan — presumably a cipher for Safran Foer — gives a lecture on the uses of silence in conversations with his family. Here, that trademark whimsy carries real emotional impact; I left with a lump in my throat.'

The Telegraph 

Writer - Jonathan Safran Foer 

Adator / Director - David Kantounas 

Video Design - Adam Lenson

Performed by Adam Lenson

'Adam Lenson's Woody Allen­‐like Jonathan Safran Foer gives us a very witty 20‐minute lecture about familial heart disease and silences, with deep underlying philosophical meanings that will almost certainly chime with everyone'

British Theatre Guide