Prodigal Tuesday, March 7, 2023 at 7:30 PM EST
Tuesday, March 7, 2023
“If it’s a war of attrition you want, Dad, then you better start digging the trenches. Because I’ve been waiting a long time for this.”
Edmund in Prodigal, Paolo Santalucia
PRODIGAL, a world premiere, follows the return home of Edmund Clark, the gay, alcoholic, eldest son of a prominent Toronto family, after he is cut off from the family trust. On the way home, Edmund meets Levi, a man with whom he impulsively engages in a passionate encounter before realizing Levi is also en route to Edmund’s family home. The reason: Levi is the brother of the Clark family’s estate manager.
Why are the Clarks able to support a teenager in their home while turning their back on their eldest son? PRODIGAL, from the critically acclaimed The Howland Company (Casimir and Caroline, The Wolves, Punk Rock), examines themes of queerness, privilege, marginalization, and forgiveness, as these two young men attempt to return to the families they have lost–one to confront his past and the other to start his future.
Paolo Santalucia (Orphans for the Czar, Crow’s Theatre) is an award-winning theatre artist and one of the founding artistic leaders of The Howland Company, for which he adapted and directed Casimir and Caroline and will direct Three Sisters. As a member of the Soulpepper ensemble for 11 seasons, Paolo appeared in The Seagull, La Bête, Of Human Bondage, and Bed and Breakfast, among others.
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