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Orphans - Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

Orphans

Lyle Kessler

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Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

3m

ISBN: 9780573619786

Updated Broadway Version!

Nominee! 2013 Tony Award, Best Revival of a Play
Nominee! 2013 Outer Critics Circle Award, Outstanding Revival of a Play

"A weird, wonderful thriller filled with suspense, pathos and packing an emotional wallop." - WMCA Radio

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Description

Full Length Play

Dramatic Comedy

105 Minutes

Time Period - Present Day

Settings Of Play - The action takes place in an old row house in North Philadelphia in the not too distant past. 

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Monologues, Scene work, UIL Approved, Competition or audition material

Interior Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

Alcohol, Strong Language, Mild Adult Themes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Professional Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

From Broadway, From Off-Broadway, From West End

Nominee! 2013 Outer Critics Circle Award, Outstanding Revival of a Play
Broadway and Off Broadway audiences gave this moving drama standing ovations. Orphans has been an international success throughout the world. Albert Finney won the Olivier Award in London’s West End production. Two brothers, Phillip, sensitive, reclusive, never venturing out of his North Philly home and Treat, a violent pickpocket and thief who kidnaps a mysteriously wealthy businessman who turn the table on the two brothers and in strange, hilarious and moving way, becomes their long lost father figure. 

Nominee! 2013 Tony Award, Best Revival of a Play

Nominee! 2013 Outer Critics Circle Award, Outstanding Revival of a Play

"A weird, wonderful thriller filled with suspense, pathos and packing an emotional wallop." - WMCA Radio, 1985

"Keeps you transfixed." - New York Daily News, 1985

"Bracing energy, dark humor, and tender spirit...Briskly entertaining, deeply affecting" - USA Today, 2013

"An exceptionally effective vehicle for three strong actors." - Wallstreet Journal, 2013

"A testosterone-laden darkly humorous piece" - Associated Press, 2013

"Electrifying...Scorching...Making the descent from black comedy into tragedy in a bracing theatrical thrill ride...Wickedly funny one minute and powerfully emotional the next." - Hollywood Reporter, 2013

"Kessler's three-man drama remains a vibrant exploration of masculinity and the challenge of forming an maintaining family connections." - Entertainment Weekly, 2013

"Orphans is a giddy delight - an acting treatm a fast-talking adrenaline jolt and lots of fun. Serious fun, OK, but definitely fun." - Newsday, 2103

"Orphans has enduring appeal, its powerful theme of fathers and sons searching each other out. Alec Baldwin mines the vein of tenderness that lies deep in the play." - Variety

"Orphan
s is wickedly funny one minute and powerfully emotional the next. Kessler uses humor as a subversive force, making the shift into despair a visceral gut punch." - The Hollywood Reporter

"Orphans will keep you laughing and crying. By far the best play I've seen this season." - WOR Radio

Orphans was first presented at the Matrix Theatre in Los Angeles on August 31, 1983. It was directed by John Lehne. The play was subsequently presented at the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago on February 3, 1985. It was directed by Gary Sinese and also played the Westside Arts Theatre Off Broadway and the Apollo theatre on London's West End.

Orphans made its Broadway premiere at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre on April 18, 2013. It was directed by Daniel Sullivan.

Characters

CASTING

3m

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

All Male

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

PHILLIP - A Wild Child who has never ventured from his house. 
TREAT - A Pick Pocket and Thief, violent, suppressed emotions. 
HAROLD - A Commanding Presence, able to handle any situation. Loving under a tough exterior. 
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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Author

Lyle Kessler

Lyle Kessler’s Orphans has been an international success in almost every country in the world since its Steppenwolf Theater Production in Chicago and New York, directed by Gary Sinise. Albert Finney starred in London’s West End production. The Broadway revival starred Alec Baldwin and Ben Foster, directed by Dan Sullivan. Other plays include The Watering Place, Possession, Robbers, Unlisted, ... view full profile

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