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Sons of the Prophet

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Written by  Stephen Karam
Playwright  Stephen Karam
Original language  English language
3.9/5 Goodreads

First performance  1 April 2011
Setting  Nazareth
Nominations  Pulitzer Prize for Drama
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Date premiered  April 1, 2011 (2011-04-01)
Place premiered  Huntington Theatre Company Boston, Massachusetts
Places premiered  Huntington Theatre Company, Boston
Similar  Stephen Karam plays, Comedy-drama plays, Other plays

Sons of the prophet about the show

Sons of the Prophet is a play by Stephen Karam. It is a comedy-drama about a Lebanese-American family and was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.


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Sons of the Prophet premiered in a production by Huntington Theatre Company in Boston in April and May 2011.

Sons of the Prophet opened Off-Broadway at the Laura Pels Theatre on October 20, 2011 (after previews from September 28) and closed on January 1, 2012. This play was commissioned by the Roundabout Theatre Company. The play was directed by Peter DuBois and starred Charles Socarides (Timothy), Yusef Bulos (Bill), Jonathan Louis Dent (Vin), Santino Fontana (Joseph), Chris Perfetti (Charles) and Joanna Gleason (Gloria).

The play was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. and won the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play, the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Play, 2011-12.


Brothers Joseph Douaihy (29 years old) and Charles Douaihy (18 years old), who live in a run-down area of Nazareth, Pennsylvania, are left alone after their father dies of a heart attack two weeks after a car accident. That accident was caused by a prank by the local football star, Vin, who is sent to a juvenile detention center as punishment.

Their family has emigrated from Lebanon and is distantly related to Kahlil Gibran. The brothers are forced to not only take care of themselves but care for their aging uncle, Bill. Joseph, who has mysterious pains, goes to work for Gloria, a book-packager, to get health insurance. Gloria tries to convince Joseph to write a book about his family, thinking this will return her to success in the publishing world. Joseph, who is gay, starts a romance with a reporter.

The play uses the device of projections with "a title inspired by the chapter headings in Gibran’s The Prophet."

Critical response

The Variety reviewer (in reviewing the Huntington production) wrote that the play was "wonderfully acted and sensitively helmed production .... Karam demonstrates an original comic voice for young characters, but here he expands generationally."

The New York Times reviewer (of the Off-Broadway production ) wrote that the play is "...absolutely wonderful new comedy-drama ... Written with insight and compassion, not to mention biting wit, it shines a clarifying light into some of life’s darker passages, exploring how people endure the unendurable, and not only survive but also move forward through their blighted lives with sustaining measures of hope, love and good humor. The question of why we suffer is unanswerable, but how we suffer defines our character and shapes our lives more than we care to acknowledge."


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