Redbud Productions presents Prodigal Son





Redbud Productions presents Prodigal Son

The Midwest Premiere of the Acclaimed New Play

  • $25 - SOLD OUT Front row cafe tables with seating for 2-3. Priced per seat.
  • $20 General Admission
  • $15 Student
  • John Patrick Shanley, playwright
  • Loretta Grimes, director
  • Liam Weeks
  • Tim Grimes
  • Deb Wood
  • Nate Brassfield
  • Chris Krenz

Event Details

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Redbud Productions continues its 18th year with the Midwest premiere of the 2016 critically-acclaimed Off-Broadway smash by the Tony- and Pulitzer Prize-winning, Oscar-nominated author of Doubt, John Patrick Shanley. This autobiographical new play is based on Shanley’s tumultuous high school years in the late 1960s.

“As the memoir of a major moral playwright, it’s a gem.“ – New York Theatre Wire

Prodigal Son is a passionate, explosive portrait of Shanley (Liam Weeks), a high school kid uprooted from the Bronx, on the verge of salvation or destruction as he desperately tries to fit in at an elite New Hampshire private school.

This gifted young man is violent, alienated, and on fire with a ferocious loneliness.

The Dean of the school (Tim Grimes) must wrestle with the dilemma: Is the young man a genius or a complete disaster and harmful to the students? Deb Wood is the Dean’s kindhearted wife who believes in the young man’s talent, Nate Brassfield plays the boys inspiring teacher, and Chris Krenz is the roommate caught in the middle.

“We all spent at least a few angst-ridden months (or maybe longer), like Jim, in 'a special, beautiful room in hell.' Thankfully, we have writers like Shanley to bring us back — for a brief, but intense, emotion-packed 95-minute trip” – Entertainment Weekly

“I want to see Prodigal Son again soon. It’s the best thing that Shanley has given us since Doubt. You can’t get much better than that.” – The Wall Street Journal



Redbud Productions began in 1999. In addition to full scale productions, the organization also offers acting classes for both adults and teens (high school and older), based on the acting techniques of Sanford Meisner, providing opportunities to learn and grow in the world of theater--whether they be experienced thespians or first-time actors, directors or backstage technicians. For more information on productions or classes, please contact Redbud Productions at 734-663-7167, visit, or email 

Loretta Grimes

Director Loretta Grimes trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York and has been teaching acting to area teens and adults for years, based on the methods of Sanford Meisner. She most recently directed Assisted Living, Other Desert Cities, 4000 Miles, The Great God Pan; Circle Mirror Transformation and A Small Fire – all at Kerrytown Concert House; and has won acclaim for her performances in Redbud Productions’ Luna Gale, August: Osage County; Rabbit Hole and as Vivian Bearing, the cancer patient in Wit. She has directed and performed in many other Redbud plays and has won several awards from The Ann Arbor News and Current Entertainment Monthly for her efforts as both actress and director.