Christmas Prodigal

Book By: Dewey W Todd
Play #: 1506
Pages: 42 pgs
Cast: 6 m, 6 w, 2 girls, 3 flexible

Here is a touching comedy, a modern-day spin on the story of the Prodigal Son. After years of being over-shadowed by her pretty and over-confident older sister, Peri leaves home, taking the money from her college savings. Like the story from the New Testament, Peri, once quiet and hard-working, lives a life of excess, but finally realizes she wants to return to her family. A homeless man, who has more connection to the family than anyone initially realizes, urges Peri to call home. But will it be the same old story, or will the Stewarts have learned something from her absence? Will they—and Peri herself—seek forgiveness, become more loving to each other and better Christians all around? In addition to the beautiful message, humor is added by Uncle Marvin, the peanut-butter king; Naomi, his fact-challenged wife; and Benjamin, the obsequious boyfriend of older sister Ashley. About 80 minutes.

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PROSPECT BAPTIST CHURCH 1 Performance(s)
ALBEMARLE, NC 12/13/2019
CLYDE CHURCH OF GOD 1 Performance(s)
HARTSVILLE, SC 12/16/2018
DRAMA MINISTRY 2 Performance(s)
HOPEWELL, VA 12/8/2018
BLACK MOUNTAIN CHURCH 1 Performance(s)
CULLOWHEE, NC 12/17/2017
INGLES CHAPEL UMC 1 Performance(s)
TAZEWELL, TN 12/10/2017
CHADBOURN CHURCH OF GOD 1 Performance(s)
CHADBOURN, NC 12/18/2016
HOLLOWAY TABERNACLE CHURCH 1 Performance(s)
OPP, AL 12/10/2016
POPLAR GROVE BAPTIST 1 Performance(s)
CONCORD, NC 12/20/2015
FULL GOSPEL CHURCH 2 Performance(s)
CHARLESTON, MO 12/19/2015
FORT CHISWELL CHURCH OF GOD 1 Performance(s)
MAX MEADOWS, VA 12/12/2015
FAITH CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 2 Performance(s)
COALINGA, CA 12/4/2015
DALTONS CHRISTIAN BOOKSTORE 1 Performance(s)
FRANKLIN, NC 12/15/2014
NEW LEBANON CHURCH 1 Performance(s)
NEWNAN, GA 12/14/2014
BETHEL BAPTIST CHURCH 1 Performance(s)
WAYNESVILLE, NC 12/14/2014
CLAREMONT CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 1 Performance(s)
CLAREMONT, NH 12/12/2014
BISHOP CHAPEL BAPTIST CHURCH 1 Performance(s)
JASPER, TX 12/22/2013
DALTONS CHRISTIAN BOOKSTORE 1 Performance(s)
FRANKLIN, NC 12/22/2013
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH 1 Performance(s)
WEBER CITY, VA 12/22/2013
THREE FORKS BAPTIST CHURCH 1 Performance(s)
TAYLORSVILLE, NC 12/21/2013
FTPC 1 Performance(s)
FAIRLAND, IN 12/21/2013
NORTH HEIGHTS HOLINESS CHURCH 1 Performance(s)
BIXBY, OK 12/16/2013
OLD REYNO FREE WILL BAPTIST CH 1 Performance(s)
CORNING, AR 12/15/2013
KINGDOM DOMINION CHURCH 1 Performance(s)
MABLETON, GA 12/14/2013
PHILIPPI BAPTIST 2 Performance(s)
CLEVELAND , TN 12/14/2013
EPHRATA UNITED ZION CHURCH 2 Performance(s)
LITITZ, PA 12/11/2013
CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP 1 Performance(s)
CRYSTAL LAKE, IL 12/24/2012
SWIFTON ASSEMBLY OF GOD 1 Performance(s)
SWIFTON, AR 12/23/2012
THEATRE GROUP 1 Performance(s)
HAZEL GREEN, KY 12/23/2012
CANAAN BAPT. CORP ACCT. 1 Performance(s)
SALISBURY, NC 12/23/2012
VALLEY VIEW BAPTIST CHURCH 1 Performance(s)
HARRIMAN, TN 12/23/2012
DALTONS CHRISTIAN BOOKSTORE 1 Performance(s)
FRANKLIN, NC 12/22/2012
INEZ FREEWILL BAPTIST CHURCH 1 Performance(s)
INEZ, KY 12/16/2012
REAMSTOWN CHURCH OF GOD 1 Performance(s)
STEVENS, PA 12/16/2012
REGENCY PARK BAPTIST CHURCH 1 Performance(s)
MOORE, OK 12/16/2012
JOLIET CHURCH OF GOD 1 Performance(s)
JOLIET, IL 12/16/2012
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH - CAPITOL 1 Performance(s)
NASHVILLE, TN 12/15/2012
SAWYER MISSIONARY BAPTIST 1 Performance(s)
SIGNAL MOUNTAIN, TN 12/15/2012
THE KINGS PLAYERS 1 Performance(s)
NEWARK, DE 12/14/2012
CHURCH 1 Performance(s)
GRASSY CREEK, NC 12/12/2012
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH 2 Performance(s)
JASPER, TN 12/11/2012
BIG LARUEL CCCU 1 Performance(s)
WARRENSVILLE, NC 12/9/2012
GETHSEMANE CHURCH 1 Performance(s)
BRISTOL, TN 12/9/2012
EAU GALLIE FIRST BAPTIST 3 Performance(s)
MELBOURNE, FL 11/30/2012
ST. ANTHONY PARISH 3 Performance(s)
FORT RECOVERY, OH 11/15/2012
DRY FORK HOLINESS CHURCH 1 Performance(s)
MC KEE, KY 12/19/2011
PLEASANT RIDGE CH OF BRE 1 Performance(s)
NEEDMORE, PA 12/18/2011
MT PISGAH BAPTIST 1 Performance(s)
CABOOL, MO 12/18/2011
BETHEL AMEC CHURCH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
HAMPTON, VA 12/18/2011
VICTORY CHRISTIAN CENTER 1 Performance(s)
EDMONTON, AB 12/18/2011
GODS MISSIONARY CHURCH 1 Performance(s)
ALUM BANK, PA 12/18/2011
LIGHTHOUSE COMMUNITY CHURCH 1 Performance(s)
KERMIT, WV 12/16/2011
DRY FORK HOLINESS CHURCH 1 Performance(s)
MC KEE, KY 12/16/2011
ANTIOCH UNITED METHODIST 1 Performance(s)
COLUMBIA, KY 12/15/2011
NORTH GA. WORSHIP CENTER 1 Performance(s)
TRENTON , GA 12/10/2011
NEW MARTIN CHURCH OF GOD 1 Performance(s)
PIKEVILLE, TN 12/10/2011
LIBERTY BAPTIST DRAMA 3 Performance(s)
BRISTOL, CT 12/9/2011
JEFFERSON BAPTIST CHURCH 4 Performance(s)
JEFFERSON, OR 12/9/2011
MT. .ZION CHURCH OF THE BRETHR 2 Performance(s)
LURAY, VA 12/3/2011
MASTERS PLACE 1 Performance(s)
KINGSPORT, TN 12/1/2011

Behind The Scenes

PLAYWRIGHT DEWEY TODD TALKS ABOUT

“THE CHRISTMAS PRODIGAL”

 

Q: WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS PLAY?

A: My daughter, Haley and my son, Will. While in high school we went through some rough times with both of them. God provided and now our relationships are beautiful. It was those experiences that inspired this play.

 

Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE PART OR LINE IN THE PLAY? WHY?

A: ACT II, Scene 2 – All of it is powerful. The encounter with Abigail shows the importance of Godly friends; with Bungle, the importance of God speaking through unexpected meetings; but, my favorite by far is the conversation between Peri and Rob on the phone. What a wonderful feeling to cry out to God and have Him accept you and forgive you unconditionally. All He really wants…is to have us back.

 

Q: WHERE DID THE CHARACTERS COME FROM? ARE THEY BASED ON PEOPLE YOU KNOW?

A: They most certainly are. In fact, my family will recognize about half of the names, including the name “Stewart” which was my grandmother’s family. “Wilson” is my mother’s family name. All of the main characters were developed from members of my family and myself. Marvin was modeled after my close friend, Sam Harkness, who ended up playing him in the premiere performance – to perfection, I might add!

 

Q: WHAT DID YOU TRY TO ACHIEVE WITH THIS PLAY?

A: After the two performances, I had five different people come up to me with tears in their eyes and say, “I feel like you wrote that play just for me and what my family is going through right now…thank you.” THAT is what I wanted to achieve.

 

Q: DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?

A: Keep laughing, keep hoping, keep loving…and never forget the importance of family!