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OrphansOrphans
by Lyle Kessler

January 9-31, 2009

Directed by Rhonda Clark



ORPHANS is the story of two brothers who have lived together for years in an old row house in Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love.

Treat, the older brother, is a petty thief who supports the two of them by holding up victims at knifepoint. Younger brother Phillip is a nave wild child and something of a prisoner in their rundown home, convinced that he is allergic to the outdoors. Trapped inside day in and day out, his knowledge of the world is largely from old movies, game shows and what he witnesses passing by his living room window.

When Treat has an especially profitable day mugging people in the park, he heads out to celebrate and meets drunken Harold in a downtown bar. Thinking Harold is a wealthy businessman, Treat brings him home, planning to roll him or even hold him for ransom. We discover that like the young men, Harold is an orphan, but he's also a con artist on the lam from Chicago and a romantic storyteller. He sets up their house as his new base of operations and goes about being a civilizing father figure to the two "Dead End Kids." Harold sets off a chain reaction of role reversals and power struggles that ultimately lead all three to find the familial connections that life has always denied them.

Playwright Lyle Kessler also penned the screenplay for "Orphans," which starred Albert Finney, Matthew Modine and Kevin Anderson. His other films include "The Saint of Fort Washington" and "Touched," among others. Having studied acting with Lee Strasberg, he co-moderates the Playwright/Directors Unit of The Actors Studio West, and has served as the director of the Sundance Screenwriter's Lab. His other plays include "The Watering Place" and "Possession." "Orphans" is set to play Broadway in 2009 with Al Pacino starring as Harold.

 

 THE CAST    

 


 

Phillip   Matthew Charnay
Treat   Wil Rogers
Harold   Ben Hall
     

THE CREW

   
Director   Rhonda Clark
Set & Costume Design   Rhonda Clark
Lighting Design   Steven Gillmore
Stage Manager   James Tyra
Light Board Operator   Kathy Marrs
Sound Technician   James Tyra
Sound Engineer   Steven Gillmore
Set Construction   Steven Gillmore
Scenic Artist   Nick Backes
Other Scenic Painting   Rhonda Clark
Steven Gillmore
Jason Moore
Tessa Dillman
Running Crew   Jason Moore
Properties   Rhonda Clark
Rehearsal Stage Manager   Sarah Johnston
Poster & Ad Design   Jonathan Siler
Website Photos   Rhonda Clark
CST Webmasters   Don Lusk
Phil Carlton
CST Artistic Director   Rhonda Clark
CST Box Office Manager   Vicky Zipf
CST Technical Director   Steven Gillmore
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 SPECIAL THANKS TO

Rodney Brazil - Terry Veal - Jon Womastek - Doobie Potter - Dottie Overall - Sheila Clark - Roger Oxford - Sue Ellen Reiman - Mona Cross

Cast Sponsor: Cindy & Mel Ables
Opening Night Party Sponsor: Ruth & Richard Charnay and The Lunch Box

 
   

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