SHANLEY STRUCK | In “Prodigal Son,” John Patrick Shanley shoots for the Auteur moon

Robert Sean Leonard in John Patrick Shanley’s “Prodigal Son”

NEW YORK CITY |  John Patrick Shanley makes a new bid for being an auteur in America. Manhattan Theatre Club is premiering Prodigal Son — an original play written and directed by Shanley himself.

The show stars Annika Boras, Timothée Chalamet, Robert Sean Leonard, Chris McGarry and David Potters.

The limited engagement of Prodigal Son will begin previews Tuesday, January 19, 2023 for a Tuesday, February 9, 2023 opening night at MTC at New York City Center – Stage I (131 West 55th Street).

Prodigal Son is a passionate, explosive portrait of a young man on the verge of salvation or destruction, written and directed by John Patrick Shanley (of Tony, Academy Award, and Pulitzer Prize fame).

A 17-year-old boy (Timothée Chalamet) from The Bronx finds himself suddenly in a private school in New Hampshire. He’s violent, gifted, alienated, on fire with a ferocious loneliness. Two faculty members (Tony Award winner Robert Sean Leonard and Chris McGarry) wrestle with the dilemma: Is the kid a star or a disaster?

The world premiere of Prodigal Son marks another exciting step forward in the collaboration between Manhattan Theatre Club and this visceral New York playwright (Doubt, Outside Mullingar).
The creative team for Prodigal Son will feature Santo Loquasto (scenic design), Ann Roth (costume design), Natasha Katz (lighting design) and Fitz Patton (sound design).

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Playwright John Patrick Shanley, Annika Boras, Timothee Chalamet, Robert Sean Leonard, and other cast mates




He is a writer and director is from The Bronx. His plays include Outside Mullingar (Tony nomination), Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, Savage in Limbo, Italian-American Reconciliation, Welcome to the Moon, Four Dogs and a Bone, Dirty Story, Defiance, and Beggars in the House of Plenty.

His theatrical work is performed extensively across the United States and around the world. For his play, Doubt, he received both the Tony Award and the Pulitzer Prize. In the arena of screenwriting, he has nine films to his credit, most recently Doubt, with Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, and Viola Davis.

Doubt, directed by Shanley, was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Adapted Screenplay. Other films include Five Corners (Special Jury Prize, Barcelona Film Festival), Alive, Joe Versus the Volcano (which he also directed), and Live From Baghdad for HBO (Emmy nomination).

For his script of Moonstruck he received both the Writers Guild of America Award and an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. In 2009, The Writers Guild of America awarded Shanley the Lifetime Achievement In Writing.



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