Prodigal Son • A Short Play

Prodigal Son • A Short Play

by James Goldberg

After having been groomed throughout his young life by his father in anti-Mormon sentiment, the Son, Daniel,  meets a girl, Christy, and falls deeply in love. He asks her out on a date — on Sunday, then on Monday — he soon realizes she is a Latter-day Saint. But he would rather be with her than not be with her. Daniel has college plans, then is soon baptized. He attends school until he can go on a mission. Very much against anything that his father has wished for him. Through that mission, Dad is not converted, but he loves his son and … he accepts his Son’s decisions. The Prodigal Son story is somewhat turned on its head so cleverly here. There are two Prodigal Sons in this play — they are both Daniel. He is a prodigal to his Father, as he does return home after his mission to his accepting and loving Dad. But he is also a Prodigal Son to the Church, a lost son returning to his spiritual home. It was first produced by The New Play Festival and published in their volume “Out of the Mount,” which contains many great plays from their first several seasons.

It is also the winner of the 2008 Association for Mormon Letters prize for Drama.

Artwork by Steve Morrison. Used by permission.


  • 2m 1f About
  • 30 minutes
  • Simple Settings, if desired, an open space will do, with a few small props
  • Contemporary Costumes
  • ORDER #3313



  • Script in PDF format  — Order #3313a : $20.00 (from which you will be authorized to copy for your production)

  • First Performance Amateur/Educational Royalty — Order #3313d : $35


  • Second Performance Amateur/Educational Royalty — Order #3313e : $30


  • Professional Royalties will be quoted upon application
  • Performance license application (in PDF format) to open our Performance License Application. No production rights can be granted until this application is filled out and emailed to us (this happens automatically with this online form once you click send).


  • The New Play Project, Provo, Utah — 2007
  • PREMIERE: The New Play Project, Provo, Utah  — 2006


Prodigal Son


James Goldberg

NOTE: The names of the Playwright(s), Composer, Lyricist, and Bookwriter shall be equal in size, type, coloring, boldness, and prominence. No billing shall appear in type larger or more prominent than the billing to the Authors except for the title of the play.

Prodigal Son is presented through special arrangement with Premiére Theatrical Licensing on behalf of Leicester Bay Theatricals (LBT).  All authorized materials are also supplied by LBT”

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