The Prodigal Son
Other Plays by Jack Hibberd
Hibberd, Jack (Australian playwright, essayist, librettist, linguist, medical doctor, novelist, poet, short story writer, b. Warracknabeal, Victoria, Australia, April 12, 1940-____), “The Prodigal Son,”
a __-minute drama in English, set in Australia, 1997,
© 1997 by Jack Hibberd;
• in Insouciance / Barry Dickins; The Prodigal Son / Jack Hibberd (Sydney, Australia: Currency Press, in association with Playbox Theatre, Melbourne, Australia, 2001), ISBN 0868196444, containing Barry Dickins' (1949-____) “Insouciance” and Jack Hibberd’s “The Prodigal Son”;
• script/rights available from Currency Press, P.O. Box 2287, Strawberry Hills, New South Wales 2012, Australia, e-mail email@example.com, http://www.currency.com.au/contact.aspx, telephone 61 (0)2 9319 5877, fax 61 (0)2 9319 3649;
• contact Jack Hibberd's agent, Fran Bryson, Bryson Agency Australia Pty. Ltd., telephone +61 3 9620 9100 or fax +61 3 9621 2788.
_____ (m), adult son; _____ (m), __, _____; _____ (f), __, _____.
"An adult son comes home, and strange affections survive the more difficult family histories.”—Australian Plays, http://www.currency.com.au/plays.htm, accessed August 18, 2003.
• Premiered 1997.
• Playwright, poet and novelist. Born in Warracknabeal, Victoria, Hibberd studied medicine at the University of Melbourne, and practised as a doctor in Melbourne from 1964 until 1973. He was closely associated with the Australian Performing Group until 1976. His plays include A stretch of the imagination (1973) and Dimboola (1974). More recent works include the novels Memoirs of an old bastard (1989), The life of Riley (1991), and Perdita (1992). He has also published translations of poems by Baudelaire, Le vin des amants (1977), and with Garrie Hutchinson, The barrackers' bible: a dictionary of sporting slang (1983).——Papers of Jack Hibberd (1940- ) - MS 6607, http://nla.gov.au/nla.ms-ms6607, accessed August 21, 2003.
• “Jack Hibberd has been called the most innovative Australian playwright of his generation. His career began in 1967 and his prolific output extends vigorously into the new century. His early plays, collected here, have endured the test of time and continue to be performed, studied and read for pleasure. White with Wire Wheels satirises a culture of masculinity expressed in cars, booze and work; Dimboola, playing out the wedding reception from hell, is probably Australia’s most performed play; and A Stretch of the Imagination introduces us to the painfully lonely world of Monk O’Neil, one of the great comic creations of Australian dramatic literature.”—Australian Plays, http://www.currency.com.au/plays.htm#Hibberd, accessed November 25, 2002.
• Research could include the National Library of Australia, http://www.nla.gov.au/ms/findaids/6607.html, which houses archives of Hibberd’s papers 1965-2000, including 43 boxes (particularly Box 35) and 2 folio items include correspondence, drafts of plays and novels, theatre programs, reviews, newspaper cuttings, notebooks and other papers. Correspondents include: J.D. Hainsworth, Graeme Blundell, Laurie Clancy, Helen Garner, Patrick McCaughey, Martin Friedel, John Tittenson.
• Also, research could include The Oxford Companion to Australian Literature, second edition, pp. 367-68.
• Jack Hibberd has undertaken writing Musical Parts, a cycle of some thirty plays for production in the new millennium.
family , prodigal son, return.