Prodigal Son


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John Patrick Shanley

Published by Dramatists Play Service

4 Male 1 Female

A 17-year-old boy from the Bronx suddenly finds himself in a private school in New Hampshire

He's violent, gifted, alienated, and on fire with a ferocious loneliness

Two faculty members wrestle with the dilemma: Is the kid a star or a disaster?

This is a passionate, explosive portrait of a young man on the verge of salvation or destruction


" savvy and often moving in monologue and dialogue, Shanley communicates Jim's vast confidence and vaster insecurity, the workings of his creative mind and the fumblings of his wounded heart" ~ The Guardian (US)

" a keen, passionate portrait of the author as a poetry-spouting romantic punk torn between literary dreams and his roots in the Bronx pure, splendid Shanley: shaggily idealistic and always scratching a philosophical itch underneath jokes and banter" ~ Time Out (New York)

" ... a heart-sore portrait of adolescent turmoil that bears the stamp of hard-earned truth on every scene [it's] the best thing that Mr Shanley has given us since Doubt. You can't get much better than that" ~ The Wall Street Journal


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