The Return of The Prodigal
By St. John Hankin
Directed by Jonathan Bank
May 23rd 2007 through July 15th 2007
The Mint Theater
311 West 43rd St, 3rd floor
Five years after first introducing New York audiences to the extraordinary British playwright, St. John Hankin, Mint Theater revisited “the forgotten man of Edwardian drama” (Guardian) with THE RETURN OF THE PRODIGAL, “a coolly enthralling play about a timeless subject: failure.”1
The title refers to the character of Eustace Jackson, the son of a wealthy manufacturer. Eustace is sent to Australia to make his fortune, but returns home desperate and destitute, to the dismay of his family who had thought they were rid of him for good. Revived to great success in Canada and England, Mint gave THE RETURN OF THE PRODIGAL its New York Premiere.
“How could a play this funny and obnoxious have gone a century without being staged in New York?”2 wondered New York Magazine. “I’m not sure that there’s a more entertaining play in New York City at the moment,” wrote nytheatre.com. “And even though the play was written more than a hundred years ago, I’m also not sure that there’s a play on the boards that’s more timely or pertinent than this one.”3
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- Samuel Jackson Richard Kline
- Mrs. Jackson Tandy Cronyn
- Henry Jackson Bradford Cover
- Eustace Jackson Roderick Hill
- Violet Jackson Leah Curney
- Sir John Faringford Lee Moore
- Lady Faringford Kate Levy
- Stella Faringford Margot White
- Dr. Glaisher W. Alan Nebelthau
- Mrs. Pratt Cecilia Riddett
- Baines Robin Haynes
- Set and Costume Design Clint Ramos
- Lighting Design Tyler Micoleau
- Sound Design Jane Shaw
- Associate Set Design & Props Crag Napoliello
- Associate Costume Design Hwi-Won Lee
Stuart Howard, Amy Schecter & Paul Hardt
- Production Stage Manager Kimothy Cruse
- Assistant Stage Manager Rebecca C. Monroe
- Press Representative David Gersten & Associates
- Graphics Hey Jude Design, Inc.
PROFESSOR MARTIN MEISEL, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY
A discussion of THE RETURN OF THE PRODIGAL with Martin Meisel, the Brander Matthews Professor of Dramatic Literature Emeritus from Columbia University.
PROFESSOR J. ELLEN GAINOR, CORNELL UNIVERSITY
A discussion of Hankin: his life, his plays and his contemporaries with one of our very favorite post-show speakers.
DR. PAULA CLAYTON FROM THE AMERICAN FOUNDATION FOR SUICIDE PREVENTION
St. John Hankin took his own life at the age of 40. In this discussion, we examine his suicide in the light of what he wrote on the topic in PRODIGAL and his other works. Clayton is the Medical Director of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
PROFESSOR PATRICIA DENISON, BARNARD COLLEGE
A discussion of Hankin and his contemporaries with Patricia Denison, Professor of Dramatic Literature at Barnard.
PROFESSOR GERALD WEALES, UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
Weales is the editor of the anthology, Edwardian Plays, which contains both RETURN OF THE PRODIGAL and THE MADRAS HOUSE.