NEW YORK, NEW YORK - Normal Ave is proud to finish its successful 2018-19 season with Sons of the Prophet by Stephen Karam, directed by Shannon Molly Flynn. The show runs April 25-May 5 at Normal Ave’s Medicine Show Theatre at 549 West 52nd Street in Manhattan. Performance times are as follows: April 25 at 8 PM, April 26 at 8 PM, April 27 at 8 PM, April 28 at 2 PM, May 2 at 8 PM, May 3 at 8 PM, May 4 at 8 PM, and May 5 at 2 PM. Tickets start at just $20 for all performances.
Sons of the Prophet, a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for drama, brings the audience into the lives of Joseph and Charles Douaihy. If to live is to suffer, then Joseph Douaihy is more alive than most. With unexplained chronic pain and the fate of his reeling family on his shoulders, Joseph's health, sanity, and insurance premium are on the line. In an age when modern medicine has a cure for just about everything, Sons of the Prophet is the funniest play about human suffering you're likely to see. Sons of the Prophet features a talented cast including Getchie Argetsinger*, J. Alexander Dallam, John F. Higgins*, Starr Kirkland, Cyndi Kumor*, Jeremy Landes*, David Merten*, Matthew Thomas Scott, and Samantha Smart.
Sons of the Prophet features Scenic Design by Loren Borja, Lighting Design by James Kolditz, Costume Design by Eden Tayar, and Sound Design by Zack Pierson.
“Stephen Karam is one of the best playwrights of the current generation. It’s an honor to bring his work to life in Normal Ave’s newly-acquired artistic home,” said Artistic Director Shannon Molly Flynn, “As a bonus, this cast exceeds all of my wildest expectations. I anticipate our audiences will feel the same.”
Playwright Stephen Karam is the Tony Award-winning author of The Humans, Sons of the Prophet and Speech & Debate. For his work he’s received two Drama Critics Circle Awards, an OBIE Award and is a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist. He wrote a film adaptation of Chekhov’s The Seagull starring Annette Bening, which was released by Sony Picture Classics. His adaptation of Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard premiered on Broadway as part of Roundabout’s 2016 season. Recent honors include the inaugural Horton Foote Playwriting Award, the inaugural Sam Norkin Drama Desk Award, two Outer Critics Circle Awards, a Lucille Lortel Award, Drama League Award, and Hull-Warriner Award. Stephen teaches graduate playwriting at The New School. He is a graduate of Brown University and grew up in Scranton, PA.
Director Shannon Molly Flynn is a New York-based Actor, Singer, Producer, Teaching Artist, and Director. Shannon's passion and empathy for the human spirit is what inspired her wild love affair with the theatre. Coming from a long line of storytellers, she found that this was her way of carrying on the torch. From the classroom to on stage to behind the table, Shannon has found talents in different focuses of theatre, all stemming from the drive to spread understanding of the human experience. She has recently directed the EXTENDED RUN of The Dream of the Burning Boy for Normal Ave.
Normal Ave (formerly Normal Ave Productions) exists as a shared desire to bring theatre to New York audiences that is socially relevant and emotionally stimulating.
In New York City, Normal Ave is gifted with an array of source material: the many different lives that coexist on 13 miles of an island. Normal Ave provides fresh, accessible, high-caliber programming that reflects the drive of the New York Community that they are rooted in.
Normal Ave is here to create to an artistic hub for up-and-coming, likeminded artists in the early stages of their careers. By giving them a space to work, they encourage and empower our actors and playwrights to discover their unique voice, collaborate with new storytellers, and explore what it means to break molds and redefine normal.
*denotes member of Actor’s Equity Association.