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.
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.