Written by two Australian twenty-somethings while still studying at WAAPA, Kris directed Dean Bryant and Mathew Frank’s Prodigal Son as part of the Midsumma Festival in Melbourne in 2000, where it played a successful season before returning for two sell-out runs. It was a really charming character study, a musical that spoke clearly in an Australian vernacular.
It won quite a few awards in Melbourne, and (renamed as Prodigal) went on to play at the York Theatre in NYC.
REVIEWS FOR PRODIGAL
“… must-see … one of the hits of this year’s Midsumma Festival …” JOEL CROTTY (Jan 20, 2000), The Age.
“Prodigal Son is wonderful … received standing ovations … had the two people beside me sobbing into each other’s shoulders … you hurt your hands clapping …” ANDREW SHAW (Jan 25, 2000), The Melbourne Star Observer.
“impressive depth and clarity … the writing is sharp and well-observed and the production resonates long after the final bow.” DAVID CROFTS (Jan 21, 2000), The Melbourne Times