World Premiere of Prodigal Son Begins Tonight Off-Broadway

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Previews begin Jan. 19 for the world premiere of Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner John Patrick Shanley's Prodigal Son at Manhattan Theatre Club. The cast is led by Timothée Chalamet, who played young Tom in the Oscar-winning film "Interstellar" and Finn in the hit TV series "Homeland." 

Timothée Chalamet in "Interstellar"
Timothée Chalamet in "Interstellar"

Chalamet is featured alongside Tony winner Robert Sean Leonard (The Invention of Love, Long Day's Journey Into Night). An official opening night for the new work is scheduled for Feb. 9 at MTC at New York City Center – Stage I. 

Written and directed by Shanley, the play is billed as an "explosive portrait of a young man on the verge of salvation or destruction." The story follows a teenage boy from the Bronx, played by Chalamet, who is suddenly thrown into the world of a private school in New Hampshire. Violent, gifted, lonely and alienated, he prompts his teacher, played by Leonard, to struggle with the question of whether he is a genius or a train wreck.

The cast also includes Annika Boras (Chair), Chris McGarry (Doubt) and David Potters.

The creative team features Santo Loquasto (scenic design), Jennifer Von Mayrhauser (costume design), Natasha Katz (lighting design), Fitz Patton (sound design), Paul Simon (original music) and Charlotte Fleck (dialect coach.)

Shanley is the author of the Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning Doubt and the Oscar-winning film "Moonstruck," starring Cher. He was nominated for an Academy Award again in 2009 for the adapted screenplay to his stage work "Doubt," a starring Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Tickets are available online by visiting or by calling CityTix at (212) 581-1212. MTC at New York City Center – Stage I is located at 131 West 55th St.

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