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“Prodigal Son”

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DeCesare, Stephen (American playwright, composer, musical director, 1969-____), “Prodigal Son,”

a 45-minute bare-stage musical in English, set in the Middle East, New Testament times,

3m1f (+ extras + children’s chorus)

; • © 2002 by Stephen DeCesare; • in Stephen DeCesare’s Prodigal Son (Johnston Rhode Island, U.S.A.: Bel Canto Music Publishing, The Author, 2002); • script/rights available from Bel Canto Music Publishing, c/o Stephen DeCesare, 66 North Williams Street, Johnston Rhode Island 02919-5155, U.S.A., e-mail sdecesare@mindspring.com, telephone (home/work) 401-751-3266. • Cited by Stephen DeCesare via ftp January 16, 2004; DeCesare says,

§ Dramatis Personae Michael (m), teens-20s, the prodigal son; Father (m), 40-50; David (m), 20s, the older brother; Prostitute (f), 20-30, a crafty seductress; Pig Farmer (m extra, Michael’s employer; Harlots (f) extras; Farmhands (m or f extras).

§ Synopsis “In a field, happy workers thank God for this wonderful day. Inside the nearby house, Michael, the younger of two sons, addresses his father with a request for inheritance money. Michael will not listen as the elder brother describes the foolishness of this demand. The father in yielding to Michael grows heartsick that this son thinks that life would be better away from the family. Michael goes to the city with a plan of conquering the world. He meets a crafty prostitute and other harlots who steal everything he has. A pig farmer gives the penniless young man a job to pay the debt at the whorehouse. Meanwhile at home, the father and servants are melancholy. The once-happy farmland suffers despair and gloom. At the pig-farm, Michael is starving. He realizes that even his father’s servants are better off than he is. He decides to go back and ask his father’s forgiveness. When Michael returns home, his father with open arms welcomes him back. The prodigal son learns with surprise that his father has been awaiting his return all along. The older brother rages over this reunion and refuses to attend the welcome-home banquet the father gives. The father begs him to join the festivities. Michael kneels and asks of the older brother his forgiveness as well. The older brother concedes, and all is well.

§ Comment “This musical derives from the famous parable of the “Parable Son,” which is about the youngest son who wastes his father’s inheritance then returns to ask his father’s forgiveness while his dutiful elder brother protests the father’s actions. This is a no set for this show. Props can be brought in and, if desired, little sets like the pigpen. • You can see and hear more from either www.belcantomusic.com or www.sdecesare.com.”

§ Themes Bible, children, father-son relationship, musical theatre, religious, family-oriented, New Testament, Luke (15:11-32, King James Version).

See also Stephen DeCesare's

  • "Little Red Riding Hood,” a 45-minute audience-participation musical in English, set in no particular setting, morning, 2003, 2m2f (+ extras + children’s chorus)

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