Kurz and Joanna Gleason
In World Premiere
Of Huntington's "Sons of the Prophet "
The Huntington Theatre Company will present
the world premiere of "Sons of the Prophet" by
Stephen Karam at the Calderwood Pavilion
at the Boston Center for the Arts from April 1 - May
The irreverent and darkly comic story will feature Kelsey
Kurz ("The Merchant of Venice" with
Al Pacino), Dan McCabe ("Donnie
Darko," "Saving Throw Versus Love") and Tony,
Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards
winner Joanna Gleason ("Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,"
"Joe Egg," "Into the Woods").
by Huntington Artistic Director Peter DuBois, the production
will play Off Broadway at the Roundabout Theatre Company
in the fall. The Huntington production is produced in association with
the Roundabout, which commissioned the play from Karam after premiering
his smash hit "Speech & Debate" in 2007.
In "Sons of the Prophet," Lebanese-American brothers
Joseph and Charles Douaihy are young, gay, and having a hell of a year:
A prank-gone-wrong in their small town of Nazareth, PA, leads to the death
of their father. Meanwhile, their uncle is losing it. Joseph is battling
a mysterious ailment. His eccentric boss is pressuring him to write a
memoir about his Maronite Catholic family’s tenuous connection to
Kahlil Gibran, author of The Prophet. And an
ambitious and sexy reporter descends on the family in search of a story.
All of this puts the brothers' once unbreakable sense of humor to the
DuBois commented, “The depth of feeling in Stephen’s writing
is ravishing. He has this incredible gift of ‘effing’ the
ineffable. His play is fresh, bracing, and alive. In it, he takes the
mess of our lives and turns it into phenomenal comedy. I’m so happy
that we’re doing the premiere in Boston, whose audience will be
incredibly receptive to this play, I think, as they already have been
to Stephen’s writing.” (The Lyric Stage Company’s
2009 production of "Speech & Debate" was acclaimed by audience
and critics and received the year’s Elliot Norton Award
for Best Production.)
Karam's "Speech & Debate" was produced Off Broadway by Roundabout
Theatre Company as the inaugural production of Roundabout Underground.
Since its extended run in New York, "Speech" has received more
than 60 productions across the United States and Canada. Karam is the
co-author of "columbinus," which ran Off Broadway
at New York Theatre Workshop following a co-production
by Round House and Perseverance Theatres.
His play "Girl on Girl" debuted as part of
the inaugural season of Brown/Trinity Playwrights Repertory Theatre.
He is currently completing the screenplay for the film version of "Speech
& Debate" for Overture Films and the libretto for an original
chamber opera with composer Nico Muhly.
Post-Show Audience Conversations
Led by members of the Huntington staff, following most Tuesday - Friday,
Saturday matinee, and Sunday matinee performances throughout the season.
“it’s not funny ’til it’s tragic”
-- 35 Below Wrap Party
Friday, April 1, following the 8 p.m. performance
A post-show wrap party with free drinks, live music, and exclusive backstage
access. $25 ticket includes admission to both performance and party.
Out & About Club
Thursday, April 7, following the 7:30 p.m. performance
Join GLBT audience members at a post-show party. Use code OUT to purchase
discounted tickets at $40 to this performance online.
Student Matinee Performance
Friday, April 8, 10 a.m.
For groups of students in grades 9-12. Call 617 273-1558 for more information.
Friday, April 8, following the 10 a.m. performance
Thursday, April 21, following the 7:30 p.m. performance
Wednesday, April 27, following the 2 p.m. performance
Participating cast members answer questions from the audience.
Sunday, April 10, following the 2 p.m. performance
A post-performance talk exploring the context and significance of "Sons
of the Prophet ."
For tickets and information, stop by the box office, call
617 266-0800 or visit huntingtontheatre.org.