Sons of the Prophet

Sons of the Prophet | May 20 – Jun 5, 2016

By Stephen Karam; Directed by Jef Hall-Flavin
Area Premiere; Comedy/Drama; on the PROSCENIUM STAGE
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Joseph Douaihy isn’t doing well. The marathon champion has chronic pain. His boss is overbearing. His father and uncle are ailing. His brother is a handful. And that’s just a typical day. Stephen Karam’s Pulitzer Prize finalist is a comic and poignant exploration of our secret needs, the surprising people that fulfill them, and the unspoken moments of renewal that can happen on any typical day.  “Written with insight and compassion, not to mention biting wit, it shines a clarifying light on some of life’s darker passages…” — The New York Times

“This is exactly the kind of play we need right now, one where being gay is secondary to the more important family struggles of grief and health. Plus it’s damn funny.”   —Jef Hall-Flavin, Director


produced with special support from Paul and Pat Sackett




Jef Hall-Flavin – Director

Joseph Stanley – Scenic Designer

Clare Brauch – Costume Designer

Gene Nelson – Costume Design Assistant

Michael P. Kittel – Lighting Designer

Katharine Horowitz – Sound Designer

Jennifer Johnson – Properties Designer

Megan Fae Dougherty* – Stage Manager

Rachael Rhoades – Assistant Stage Manager

*member, actors’ equity association

SONS OF THE PROPHET Content Analysis

Park Square wants your theatergoing experience to be as enjoyable as possible. Following is a list of content within Sons of the Prophet that may be of concern to some members of our audience. Please understand that some information may give away surprises within the story. The information is provided to help you make informed decisions. Keep in mind that the language and themes outlined below, taken out of context, may seem more offensive than they would be within the context of the actual play. If you have any questions about the play’s content, please contact Michael-jon Pease, executive director, at 651.767.8497 or

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


Joseph Douaihy feels like his life is falling apart. His boss is insensitive to his need for health insurance. Although Joseph nearly qualified for the Olympics as a marathon runner, his body now is failing him. And then his father is involved freak accident. A media firestorm comes to his small Pennsylvania town, straining his already uneven relationships with his uncle and brother but potentially bringing a promise of love. As the local school board meets to decide the fate of the accident’s young perpetrator, Joseph begins to unravel. Son of the Prophet is an exploration of searching for a cure for what ails the body and the soul and a study in how to endure what seems unendurable.

Adult Language

Sons of the Prophet contains adult language, including variations of *sshole (4), f*ck (7), sh*t (4), f*g (2), b*tch (1), and Godd*mnit (1).





Sexual References/Nudity

Two male adults begin to make love at the end of one scene.

Other Mature Themes

The play includes discussions of depression, suicide, family/racial heritage, addiction, chronic illness, and developmental disabilities. A spinal tap is performed on stage.

Running Time

1 hour and 40 minutes, no intermission.

This show has closed.

Sons of the Prophet | May 20 – Jun 5, 2016 on the PROSCENIUM STAGE

P: Preview  B: 99¢ Bargain Preview  O: Opening Night D: Post-show Discussion

AD: Audio Description   ASL: American Sign Language  C: Open Captioning

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