The Howland Company, in association with Crow’s Theatre, is thrilled to present the premiere of


Written and Directed by Paolo Santalucia

February 21st to March 12, 2023

Crow’s Theatre, Streetcar Crowsnest
Guloien Theatre
345 Carlaw Avenue, Toronto

Tickets: $25* – $65
* $25 Student and Artsworker Tickets to be available online soon.


If it’s a war of attrition you want, Dad, then you better start digging the trenches. Because I’ve been waiting a long time for this”

PRODIGAL, a world premiere from The Howland Company written and directed by Paolo Santalucia, follows the return home of Edmund Clark, the gay, alcoholic, eldest son of a prominent Toronto family, after he is cut off from the family trust. On the way home, Edmund meets Levi, a man with whom he impulsively engages in a passionate encounter before realizing Levi is en route from Côte d’Ivoire to Edmund’s family home. The reason: Levi is the brother of the Clark family’s estate manager.

Why are the Clarks able to support a stranger in their home while turning their back on their eldest son? PRODIGAL examines themes of queerness, privilege, marginalization, and forgiveness as these two young men attempt to return to the families they have lost—one to confront his past, and the other to start his future. 

PRODIGAL is produced with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.

Photo of Dan Mousseau by Dahlia Katz.


For more than 30 years, Crow’s Theatre has been a leading force in the Canadian theatre landscape, recognized for provocative and award-winning new theatre work that has toured nationally and internationally. Led by Artistic and General Director Chris Abraham and Executive Director Sherrie Johnson, Crow’s Theatre ignites passionate and enduring engagement between our audiences and artists by creating, producing, and promoting unforgettable theatre that examines and illuminates the pivotal narratives of our times.

In 2017, Crow’s Theatre moved into our first permanent home, the purpose-built Streetcar Crowsnest at the corner of Carlaw Avenue and Dundas Street, in Toronto’s east end. Since opening the building with Kristen Thomson’s smash-hit The Wedding Party, Crow’s Theatre has produced many notable productions, including Emil Sher’s adaptation of Ian Brown’s The Boy in the MoonJulius Caesar with Groundling Theatre Company, Annie Baker’s The Flick with Outside the March, Dave Malloy’s haunted song cycle Ghost Quartet, George F. Walker’s Orphans for the Czar, and Cliff Cardinal’s radical retelling of William Shakespeare’s As You Like It. 

Crow’s Theatre is distinguished as a preeminent cultural destination for its far-reaching imagination, exchange of ideas, diversity, and grassroots belief that the arts are essential to healthy and thriving communities. Find out more by visiting their website.