The new play about a young man dealing with the accidental death of his father will be staged by Huntington artistic director Peter DuBois. Sons of the Prophet will run April 1-May 1 at the Calderwood Pavilion. It is commissioned by and produced in special arrangement with the Roundabout Theatre Company.
Fontana (Billy Elliot, Brighton Beach Memoirs), who will star in the Roundabout Theatre Company revival of The Importance of Being Earnest, will play Joseph, a former runner now dealing with health issues and the recent death of his father (who dies after a prank goes wrong). Gleason (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Joe Egg, Into the Woods) is cast as Gloria, a formerly successful New York editor who is now Joseph’s employer in Nazareth, PA.
Additional casting will be announced shortly.
According to the Huntington: "Charles and Joseph are having one hell of a year. When a prank-gone-wrong in a the small town of Nazareth, PA leads to the death of their father, the two brothers struggle with their health, livelihoods, and sanity as a series of unfortunate events spiral into operatic miseries. In an age where most people look to faith, finances, or even modern medicine to solve any unpleasantries in life, Sons of the Prophet takes a brutally funny look at unresolved chronic pain and the many ways we cope with the overwhelming."
The production will have set design by two-time Tony Award nominee Anna Louizos, costume design by Bobby Frederick Tilley II and lighting design by Japhy Weideman. The Roundabout staged Karam's Speech & Debate Off-Broadway as the inaugural work in its Roundabout Underground series. Karam's plays also include columbinus, Girl on Girl and an upcoming chamber opera with composer Nico Muhly. Karam is currently completing the screenplay for a film adaptation of Speech & Debate.
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