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OrphansFrom left: Tom Sturridge, Ben Foster, and Alec Baldwin in Lyle Kessler's Orphans.

Spotlight On: Orphans

Alec Baldwin stars in Lyle Kessler’s play about two orphaned brothers and a rich, older man they kidnap.



In Lyle Kessler’s play, two orphaned brothers (Ben Foster and Tom Sturridge) are living in a decrepit North Philadelphia row house. Treat, the eldest, supports his damaged younger sibling 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 (Alec Baldwin) turns out to have his own motives and becomes the father figure the boys have always yearned for.


Spotlight on: Orphans
Opening Night - April 18 2013
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  • The 1985 Chicago production of Orphans at Steppenwolf Theatre Co. is often credited with having launched the film careers of its cast, John Mahoney, Terry Kinney and Kevin Anderson.
  • Alec Baldwin has appeared on many Tony Awards telecasts over the years as a presenter.


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Orphans premiered in 1983 in Los Angeles. Productions in Chicago and London followed, as well as a 1987 film adaptation starring Matthew Modine, Kevin Anderson, and Albert Finney.


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