Actor-driven ORPHANS staged in Lawrenceville

Lyle Kessler’s comic drama, ORPHANS comes to Lawrenceville’s Aftershock Theater, 115 57th Street, May 31 through June 23rd.

ORPHANS is a dark and devastating family comedy centered on two orphaned brothers and their life-changing encounter with a wealthy and mysterious businessman. 

The standalone production of 16 performances is directed by Ingrid Sonnichsen and produced by and starring Max Pavel, Dylan Marquis Meyers, and Ken Bolden.  Sonnichsen has taught acting at CMU for decades and has staged such acclaimed productions as THE PINK UNICORN and BYHALIA, MISSISSIPPI.  Pavel, Meyers and Bolden are familiar to local audiences from their extensive work at PICT Classic Theatre, Quantum Theatre, and Pittsburgh Public Theater. 

The production team includes Cotter Smith (Netflix’s MINDHUNTER and RULES OF SECONDS at barebones), who consults on the production around a new rehearsal technique based on Active Analysis.

Playwright and Philadelphia native Lyle Kessler saw ORPHANS first produced in 1983 at The Matrix Theater Company in Los Angeles. It has been produced at companies such as Stepphenwolf in Chicago with a production that moved to Off-Broadway. In 2013, ORPHANS played on Broadway, garnering a number of award nominations and an enthusiastic fan base. 

General seating tickets are $15, on sale at

ORPHANS will perform at the following dates and times, with doors opening one half hour before curtain:

Thurs.-Sat., May 31 – June 2 at 8:30 pm (note later curtain time on opening weekend)

Sun., June 3 at  2 pm

Thurs.-Sat., June 7 – 9 at  8 pm

Sunday, June 10 at 2 pm

Monday, June 11 at 8 pm

Thurs.-Sat., June 14 – 16 at 8 pm

Sunday, June 17 at 2 pm

Thurs.-Sat., June 21 – 23 at 8 pm


There will be no late seating. ORPHANS run time is two hours. 




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