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By Stephen Karam

Sons of the Prophet is suitable for adults and older teenagers. It contains adult language and mature themes.

Connecticut Premiere!

If to live is to suffer, then Joseph Douaihy is more alive than most. In Karam’s tragically comic Prophet, Joseph, a local marathon champ, struggles to manage a dead-end job, debilitating knee pain and a family tragedy. After his father is incapacitated when a prank by a local football star goes wrong, Joseph finds himself responsible for his hearing-impaired, high school-age brother and his aging and outspoken uncle. The only thing more dysfunctional than his family life is Joseph’s nonexistent love life as a gay Lebanese-American in small-town Pennsylvania. When Joseph’s boss, Gloria, discovers his family’s distant relation to Kahlil Gibran (whose 1923 book The Prophet made him the third best-selling poet of all time) she tries to convince Joseph to collaborate on a family biography. Sitcom-like mix-ups coupled with inexplicable tragic pain make Sons of the Prophet the funniest play about human suffering you’re likely to see.

Debi Freund , longtime LTM member, director, and actress, directs Sons of the Prophet. “I think Karam is the next Tennessee Williams,” states Freund. “Every line that he writes is equally hysterically funny and has the ability to rip your heart of your chest. I think he is an incredible writer.”

“The first time I read the play, I didn’t know how to categorize it. It’s a terrible tragedy, but I just wanted to laugh the whole time through. It is such a show about the life changes that a family goes through and how we deal with them with love and pain, but with a tremendous amount of laughter. All with a glimmer of hope that ‘all is well’.”

Sons of the Prophet contains adult language and mature themes.

The Cast

  • Joseph: Mitch Hess
  • Gloria: Angela Dias
  • Charles: Anthony Miclon
  • Bill: James Hyland
  • Timothy: Shane William Kegler
  • Vin: Jordan Merrill
  • Manor/Ensemble: Linda Ferreira
  • McAndrew/Ensemble: Ruth Neaveill

The Playwright

Stephen Karam‘s plays include The Humans (Tony Award, Obie Award for Playwriting and Pulitzer Prize finalist), Sons of the Prophet (Pulitzer Prize finalist), and Speech & Debate. Karam’s  adaptation of Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard premiered on Broadway as part of Roundabout’s 2016 season; his film adaptation of The Seagull starring Annette Bening, Elisabeth Moss, Corey Stoll and Saoirse Ronan will premiere in 2017. His recent honors include two Drama Critics’ Circle, Outer Critics Circle, and Drama Desk Awards; a Lucille Lortel Award, Drama League Award and Hull-Warriner Award. Stephen is a graduate of Brown University and grew up in Scranton, PA.

Mature Content

Sons of the Prophet is suitable for adults and older teenagers. It contains adult language and mature themes. We want to be upfront about this work so that you can decide whether or not it aligns with your values and, ultimately, whether or not you want to see it. Keep in mind that the language and themes taken out of context may seem more offensive than they would be within the context of the actual play. If you would like a full listing of a the adult language and themes in this play, please e-mail us at info@cheneyhall.org.