The Broadway production of Lyle Kessler’s ORPHANS starring Alec Baldwin, Ben Foster and Tom Sturridge and directed by Daniel Sullivan, begins previews tomorrow, Tuesday, March 26 at 7 PM at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (236 West 45th Street) in preparation for a Thursday, April 18 opening night.
This production will mark the first Broadway staging of the play. It is produced by Frederick Zollo, Robert Cole, The Shubert Organization, Orin Wolf, Lucky VIII, Scott M. Delman, James P. MacGilvray and StylesFour Productions.
In ORPHANS, two orphaned brothers are living in a decrepit North Philadelphia row house. Treat, the eldest, (Foster), supports his damaged younger sibling Phillip (Sturridge) by petty thievery, and makes the house a virtual prison for the seemingly simple-minded Phillip. One night he kidnaps a rich older man, Harold (Baldwin), who turns out to have his own motives and becomes the father figure the boys have always yearned for.
ORPHANS premiered in 1983 at The Matrix Theatre in Los Angeles where it won the Drama-Logue Award. Following its 1985 engagement at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre, the play had a successful run at New York’s Westside Arts Theatre and was subsequently produced in London. A film version was also produced. It has been an international success in almost every country in the world since its initial production at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Other plays include The Watering Place, Possession, Robbers and Unlisted. Collision had its world premiere at the Rattlestick Theatre Co. this season. Films include Orphans, Gladiator, The Saint of Fort Washington and Touched, in which he co-starred. Mr. Kessler served as the director of the Sundance Screenwriter’s Lab and was moderator of the playwright/directors unit of the Actors Studio West. He is a member of The Actors Studio and The Labyrinth Theater Co. He and his wife, actress Margaret Ladd, founded the “Imagination Workshop,” the longest running arts and mental health organization in the country.
Tom Sturridge is appearing with the support of Actors’ Equity Association. The Producers gratefully acknowledge Actors’ Equity Association for its assistance of this production.
Tickets for ORPHANS are now on sale and can be purchased by calling Telecharge at 212-239-6200 or online by visiting www.Telecharge.com.