CLEVER AND DEEPLY FELT! Playwright Stephen Karam's talent is UNDENIABLE! — The Boston Globe

Brothers Joseph and Charles Douaihy are young, gay, and having a hell of a year. Their father has died and their uncle is losing it — putting the brothers' once unbreakable sense of humor to Stephen Karam, "the playwright of the Facebook generation" and author of the Off Broadway hit Speech & Debate turns the Douaihy family's epic woes into brutally funny comedy.


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  • An Interview with Stephen Karam

    Stephen Karam's work has seen theatres from Portland, Oregon to Providence, Rhode Island. He staged an original musical adaptation of Jane Austen's Emma at the Kennedy Center while attending college and his plays that followed have earned a nomination for a Helen Hayes Award, a nod from GLAAD media, and steady critical acclaim. He's done all of this before thirty. With a day job.


  • Playing With Real Life

    Charles and Joseph Douaihy have just lost their father as the result of a practical joke gone wrong. Joseph's health is deteriorating. The boys' tough-love uncle moves a hospital bed into their living room because he can no longer climb the stairs in his own home. And when the kid responsible for the prank comes knocking, it's not to ask for forgiveness. If all this sounds like the makings of a tragedy, think again.


  • Characterizing Space

    It's not only true that all the world's a stage but it's also true that all the stage is a world. The setting is often our first encounter of this new world, and the building blocks of that silent, but extremely important, "character" are much the same as those of any compelling fictional one.


Press Reviews

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    "CLEVER AND DEEPLY FELT! Playwright Stephen Karam's talent is UNDENIABLE! The wonderful Joanna Gleason steals every scene she's in. Gleason's trademark delivery — her combination of utter self-assurance and utter obliviousness — has seldom fit a character better than it does Gloria." — The Boston Globe
    "First class! Stephen Karam's darkly funny and touching new play is wonderfully acted and sensitively helmed by Peter DuBois. Karam demonstrates an original comic voice."Variety
    "STELLAR! With writing this good, we don't want to miss a word. Karam seamlessly intertwines multiple stories with great comedic effect." —
    "The excellent Karam couldn't ask for a better production!"WBUR
    "This is one of the best plays I have seen in a long time. Brilliant, touching, and absolutely hilarious, and perfectly cast to boot! See it now before it heads to NYC!" —Molly Pitcher (
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Audience Buzz

    "'Sons of the Prophet' was terrific @huntington tonight! Definitely the top of my list for 2010—211 Boston theater season." — @kylewwright
    "Enjoyed @huntington’s Sons Of the Prophet at the Calderwood tonight. HIGHLY recommended. Has it all — gays, Mormons, Middle East, disabled." — @ashmont
    "Brilliant, poignant. Loved ‘Sons of the Prophet.’ If you’re in Boston go out and get tickets b4 it’s too late." — @efeghali
    "'Sons of the Prophet' Fun roller coaster of emotions. Laughed (it hurt) but had tears at the end. Worth it! Stellar cast. Go!" — @julesbbos


  • Sons of the Prophet Premieres at Calderwood

    From B.U. Today, April 19, 2011: "In the formative weeks leading up to the openong of the Huntington Theatre Company's world premiere of Stephen Karam's dark comedy Sons of the Prophet, the playwright was into his 14th draft, handing the cast new changes at almost every rehearsal . . . "
  • Tony Award Winner Joanna Gleason in Boston for World Premiere of Karam Play

    From, April 5, 2011: "Tony Award winner Joanna Gleason is undeniably a Broadway luminary, as evidenced by the three word qualifier placed before her name for her Best Actress performance as the Baker's Wife in Into the Woods in 1987, as well as receiving acclaim for I Love My Wife, A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels . . . "
  • Prophet playwright returns home for inspiration

    From The Boston Globe, April 1, 2011: "Scranton, Pa., population 72,000 and falling, is a place whose young people are more likely to leave than to stay, and playwright Stephen Karam left, too, going first to Brown University, then to New York City. But at 31, it makes a certain sense to him that his Sons of the Prophet is rooted in the corner of the world where he spent his first 18 years . . . "
  • Playing with Real Life

    From Brown Alumni Magazine, March/April, 2011: "Sons of the Prophet is the first collaboration for Stephen Karam '02 and Peter DuBois '97 AM, but both say they felt an immediate connection. They had similar ideas about the play from the start . . . "


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