John Patrick Shanley new play Prodigal
Andrew Toth

“Prodigal Son,” a new play by John Patrick Shanley, will get its world premiere in an Off Broadway staging from Manhattan Theater Club, the New York nonprofit that originally produced Shanley’s Tony and Pulitzer winner “Doubt.”

Shanley, an Oscar winner for his script to “Moonstruck,” will also direct the play, about a 17-year-old from the Bronx accepted into a private school in New Hampshire, and the faculty members who debate whether he’s a prodigy or a potential trainwreck. No casting has yet been set.

MTC has a long history with Shanley’s work, most recently producing the Broadway premiere of “Outside Mullingar,” which starred Debra Messing. The company has also produced Shanley plays “Four Dogs and Bone” and “Defiance,” among others.

“Prodigal Son” joins a 2015-16 lineup at MTC that also includes Broadway productions of Sam Shepard’s “Fool for Love” (starring Sam Rockwell) and Richard Greenberg’s “Our Mother’s Brief Affair” with Linda Lavin. The Off Broadway slate includes “Ripcord,” the latest by David Lindsay-Abaire directed by David Hyde Pierce, as well as plays by Nick Payne (“Constellations”) and Nick Jones (“Orange Is the New Black”).

“Prodigal Son” begins previews Jan. 19 ahead of a Feb. 9 opening at the Stage I space at New York City Center.

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