FIRST LOOK: Kentwood Players Presents ORPHANS by Lyle Kessler, Opening 9/12 at the Westchester Playhouse.

FIRST LOOK: Kentwood Players Presents ORPHANS by Lyle Kessler, Opening 9/12 at the Westchester Playhouse.

Kentwood Players presents "ORPHANS" by Lyle Kessler from Friday, September 12 to Saturday, October 18, 2014 for a six-week run on Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm with Sunday matinees at 2pm at the Westchester Playhouse, located at 8301 Hindry Avenue, Westchester, CA 90045. The production is directed by Kathy Dershimer and produced by Susan Goldman Weisbarth by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

"ORPHANS" centers on two abandoned grown-up boys who live in a dilapidated North Philly row house. Treat, the older, and a violent, predatory thief, has assumed the role of head of household, while Phillip, a reclusive and sensitive man-child, would never survive without his brother. In their horrifying way, these two brothers are a family, until one night when Treat kidnaps a drunken wealthy business man named Harold. Harold turns the table on the two brothers in a strange, hilarious and moving way, becoming a force that will forever change their lives.

"ORPHANS" premiered in 1983 at the Matrix Theatre in Los Angeles, and was performed by the Steppenwolf Theater Company Off-Broadway in Chicago, New York and London. The play made its Broadway debut in April 2013 and has received two Tony Award nominations. The play contains adult language.

Featured in the cast are Raul Bencomo as Phillip, Jeff Cheezum as Treat, and Karl Schott as Harold.

Tickets are $20.00 with a $2.00 discount for seniors, students, servicemen, and Metro riders who present their monthly pass or TAP card when purchasing full price tickets at the box office.

To purchase tickets by phone, please call (310) 645-5156 during box office hours, Wednesday through Saturday from 4:00-7:00pm. Visa, MasterCard, and American Express accepted. You may also purchase tickets online at www.kentwoodplayers.org. Groups (10 or more) should call (310) 645-5156 and select the Group Sales option for group rates.

For more information about Kentwood Players including our current production or upcoming auditions, and our Kentwood Kids Children's Theatre classes and productions, please visit the Kentwood Players website at www.kentwoodplayers.org. You can also find Kentwood Players information on Facebook and Twitter.

To meet the "Orphans" production team and learn more about Kentwood Players and what goes on at the Westchester Playhouse, the public is invited to attend our general membership meetings, which are free and held on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:30pm at the Westchester Playhouse, located two blocks west of the San Diego Freeway and two blocks north of Manchester at 8301 Hindry Avenue in Westchester, CA 90045.

Photos by Shari Barrett

FIRST LOOK: Kentwood Players Presents ORPHANS by Lyle Kessler, Opening 9/12 at the Westchester Playhouse.
Treat thinks he has everything under control, but Harold has other plans.

(from left: Jeff Cheezum as Treat, Karl Schott as Harold, Raul Bencomo as Phillip)

FIRST LOOK: Kentwood Players Presents ORPHANS by Lyle Kessler, Opening 9/12 at the Westchester Playhouse.
You don't bring a knife to a gun fight.

(from left: Jeff Cheezum as Treat, Raul Bencomo as Phillip, Karl Schott as Harold)

FIRST LOOK: Kentwood Players Presents ORPHANS by Lyle Kessler, Opening 9/12 at the Westchester Playhouse.
I just want to give you a little encouragement.

(from left: Jeff Cheezum as Treat, Karl Schott as Harold, Raul Bencomo as Phillip)

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