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Written by Lyle Kessler
Directed by Joe Canuso
April 9, 2020 — May 3, 2020

Theatre Exile - 1340 S. 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147

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Season Sponsors Bruce and Giuliana Zallie & Zallie Supermarkets

Honorary Producer – Louis Bluver

Two brothers in 1980s North Philadelphia with no family, direction or support have made a life that barely works. When one kidnaps a wealthy grifter, the brothers begin a journey in their lives with the father figure they never knew they needed.

Thursday, April. 9 7:00 PM (Preview)
Friday, April. 10 8:00 PM (Preview)
Saturday, April. 11 8:00 PM (Preview)
Sunday, April. 12 3:00 PM (Preview)
Tuesday, April. 14 7:00 PM (Preview)
Wednesday, April. 15 8:00 PM (Opening Night)
Thursday, April. 16 7:00 PM
Friday, April. 17 8:00 PM
Saturday, April. 18 8:00 PM
Sunday, April. 19 3:00 PM (Post-Show Discussion)
Wednesday, April. 22 7:00 PM
Thursday, April. 23 7:00 PM (Post-Show Discussion)
Friday, April. 24 8:00 PM
Saturday, April. 25 8:00 PM
Sunday, April. 26 3:00 PM
Monday, April. 27 7:00 PM (Industry Night)
Wednesday, April. 29 7:00 PM (Book Bike in attendance)
Thursday, April. 30 1:00 PM (Book Bike in attendance)
Thursday, April. 30 7:00 PM
Friday, May. 1 8:00 PM
Saturday, May. 2 8:00 PM
Sunday, May. 3 3:00 PM

“Orphans” is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc., a Concord Theatricals Company

Dave Johnson (Treat)

Adam Howard (Philip)

William Zielinski (Harold) William is thrilled to be returning to Theatre Exile, where he last appeared in An Oak Tree and Ideation. Recent theatre includes: Sweat (People’s Light), Hapgood and Don’t Dress for Dinner (Lantern Theatre), Glengarry Glen Ross and Three Sisters (Harbor Stage Company), Hand to God (PTC), and West Side Story (Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival). Film and TV: Dispatches From Elsewhere, The Immortal Jellyfish, Dead Man Down, Do No Harm, Flikken Maastricht (Dutch TV), The Wire, The Lovely Bones, and Shot in the Heart. Bill is an eight-time Barrymore nominee, and was a member of four Barrymore-winning ensembles. He splits his time between Philadelphia and Amsterdam.

Joe Canuso (Director)

Colin McIlvaine (Set Designer)

Robin Stamey (Lighting Designer) is a lighting designer, production manager, and producer based in Philadelphia. Lighting designs include Interact, Theatre Exile, Tribe of Fools, Curio, Philadelphia Artists’ Collective, Pig Iron, Lantern, Hedgerow, Almanac, and the Berserker Residents as well as Bryn Mawr College, Swarthmore College, Haverford College, and UArts. Production management credits include Grounds that Shout, Pig Iron, Lantern, Tiny Dynamite, Nichole Canuso Dance Company, 11th Hour Theatre Company, Almanac, Invisible River, Tribe of Fools, and Berserkers.

Katherine Fritz (Costume Designer)

Michael Kiley (Sound Designer)

J. Alex Cordaro (Fight Director) This is Alex’s 5th production with Exile. Past shows include Buzzer, Smoke (Barrymore Nomination for Best Choreography,) Red Speedo, and Roosters. Regional credits include The Wilma, McCarter Theatre Center, The Actors Theater, The Arden, Philadelphia Theater Company, The Lantern, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Philadelphia Shakespeare Festival, Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival, Theater Horizon, Inis Nua, Philadelphia Artists Collective, Quintessence, Philadelphia Opera Company, and Royal Caribbean Cruise Line. He has done numerous productions with area Colleges and Dance companies. Alex currently runs the Stage Combat progression at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia and is a Certified Teacher and Theatrical Firearms Safety Instructor with the Society of American Fight Directors.

Avista Custom Theatricals Services, LLC (Properties) owned by Jennifer Burkhart and Amanda Hatch, was founded in 2007.  Avista specializes in custom prop construction, upholstery, soft goods construction, and maintains a 10,000 square foot rental warehouse in Norristown.  This season, Avista’s work will been seen locally at Opera Philadelphia, Azuka Theatre, Drexel and Temple Universities, Maukingbird Theatre, Theatre Exile, Inis Nua Theater, and Kimmel Center Education Department.

Samantha Dugan (Stage Manager)

Emily M. Hayes (Production Manager) is thrilled to be back with Theatre Exile!  A New York native and recent graduate of Temple University, she loves working in the beautiful theatrical community of Philadelphia. Special thanks to mom and dad for letting me follow my crazy dream and to Nick for the constant love and support. For Pepere.