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A production shot of The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter becomes. A man sit on a couch on the right, surrounded by a myriad of taxidermy animals.

We’re thrilled to welcome Back to Back Theatre to ArtsEmerson for the first time with The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes (JAN 23-26) and thoroughly honored to share our stage with innovative, thoughtful artists. However, we want to hear what you think!

  • How would you describe the experience of this show to a friend?
  • Did this performance shift your understanding of the word “intelligence”?
  • Where and how does artificial intelligence intersect with your life and experiences?

Feel free to leave a comment on this blog post, or reach out on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram and be sure to check back here for more reviews from press and other audience members!


These artists are not just making theater that affirms their life experience. They are showing the rest of us how their life experience affirms, and enhances, the theater.” – The New York Times

“It’s a piece of unexpectedly brilliant theater about which giving too much away would undermine its maximum effect.” –New York Stage Review


  1. Ernie & Gerri AbramsJanuary 24, 2020 at 9:58 am

    We met with the cast after the performance and they are very impressive people. This was a rare and very welcome theater experience

  2. in a world that does not think critically enough about categorizing, labeling and segregating human beings, this show is so needed! A challenge to all viewers.

  3. Charles BaldwinJanuary 27, 2020 at 4:16 pm

    Terrific opportunity to hear directly from players whose lived experience highlights the disregard many folks with intellectual or cognitive disabilities face everyday. Institutionalization, sterilization, experimentation, immobilization – these traumas are not ancient history, but potent reminders that these folx, our brethren, our vulnerable to insidious behaviors.
    This all being said- the pace and the tone of the performance is not alarming nor strident. There is time to reflect on what the actors are saying. All and all a thought provoking show!

  4. Alain ChincaJanuary 28, 2020 at 2:54 pm

    This is an incredible unique show that will raise your social awareness and consciousness. I challenge anyone to see the play and not find new knowledge and/or insight. Highly recommended play!


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