ORPHANS by Lyle Kessler

    08/19/2016 - 09/3/2016 | Friday | 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    The Back Pack
    2400 East Cesar Chavez
    Austin,TX 78702

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    presents its inaugural Sidewalk Series production of


    Runs August 19, 2016 – September 3, 2015
    Opening Performance Friday, 08/19 with post-show Opening Party
    All shows Thursday, Friday & Saturday nights at 8pm plus Industry Night 08/29
    08/26 ASL-interpreted performance
    08/27 post-show Panel Discussion with Steve Dietz + Tyler Elizabeth Layton
    General Admission: $15

    After successful runs of David Hare’s SKYLIGHT and Mike Bartlett’s BULL, Street Corner Arts is set to open Lyle Kessler’s ORPHANS this fall at The Back Pack. This production is the first of Street Corner Arts new Sidewalk Series, an annual project dedicated to providing selected artists in Austin the chance to co-produce a production with the aid and mentorship of Austin professionals. Last seen on Broadway in 2013, Kessler’s ORPHANS has been produced and translated all over the world as a timeless tale of two brothers and their enduring strength to survive.

    ORPHANS opens in a north Philadelphia row house where Treat and Phillip live on their own. Treat (Christopher Alvaregna) steals for a living while Phillip (Aaron Johnson) stays at home, hidden from the world, surviving only on canned tuna fish. One night, Treat brings home a drunk older man, Harold (Michael Stuart), in the hopes of robbing him, but Harold is too street savvy for Treat’s tricks. He sees potential in these boys. A battle of wits and chicanery gives way to this odd trio developing a genuine relationship in strange, hilarious, and unexpected ways.

    Starring Michael Stuart (ONE MAN TWO GUVNORS, WAITING FOR LEFTY), Aaron Johnson (TRIBES, SKYLIGHT) and introducing Christopher Alvaregna. Directed by Sarah Kimberley Becker.

    Johnson and Becker were selected in May to helm Street Corner’s inaugural 2016 Sidewalk Series production.

    Join us for a special post-show panel discussion with celebrated playwright Steven Dietz, Professor at UT-Dept of Theatre and Dance and Tyler Elizabeth Layton, Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts at St. Edward’s University. The discussion will be moderated by UT-MFA alum, director, dramaturg and producer Jess Hutchison.

    2400 East Cesar Chavez
    Tickets on sale 08/08 at https:// www.streetcornerarts.org
    or call us at (512) 298-9776

    Group Tickets available upon request

    Press Comp Policy: As we are a 501(c)(3) we have a limited promotional budget which allows us a handful of comps in our first week of performances for those intending to provide press coverage of our show. Please provide us your projected date of publication for any review of or article on our show and your preference of first week performances and we will provide you with (2) press comps. Requests for additional comps or attendance outside of the first week should be submitted in writing to Street Corner Arts and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Note further that it is not our intent to color or influence the tone of any press coverage of our shows, but to encourage much-needed support of local theatre through a professional exchange between the performance community and the media community.