Alec Baldwin Will Play the Kidnapped Mobster on Broadway in ‘Orphans’

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Alec Baldwin will return to Broadway next spring in Lyle Kessler’s Orphans, directed by Daniel Sullivan and produced by Frederick Zollo and Robert Cole. This will mark the first Broadway staging of the play. Baldwin said, “I have dreamed, for a long time, of doing this play with this director. It’s an honor to work with Dan Sullivan in Lyle Kessler’s Orphans.

In the play, two orphaned brothers are living in a decrepit North Philadelphia row house. Treat supports his damaged younger sibling with petty thievery, and makes the house a virtual prison for the seemingly simple-minded Phillip.  One night he kidnaps a rich older man; Harold turns out to have his own motives and becomes the father figure the boys have always yearned for.

Alec Baldwin will play the role of Harold; the roles of Treat and Phillip have not been cast. It will play at a Shubert Theatre to be announced.

Alec Baldwin is a graduate of New York University (BFA-Tisch, 94) and was presented with an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from NYU in 2010. He last appeared on stage in the 2010 Guild Hall (East Hampton) production of Peter Shaffer’s Equus, directed by Tony Walton. Other stage includes the Roundabout Theatre Company’s 2006 production of Joe Orton’s Entertaining Mr. Sloane, directed by Scott Ellis, Loot (Broadway-1986; Theatre World Award), Caryl Churchill’s Serious Money (Broadway-1988), Prelude to a Kiss (Circle Rep.- 1990; Obie Award), A Street Car Named Desire (Broadway-1992; Tony nomination),Macbeth (NYSF-1998), The Twentieth Century (Roundabout-2004). He has also performed at The Hartman in Stamford; Williamstown and at Bay Street.

Baldwin has appeared in over forty films, including Beetle Juice, Working Girl, Miami Blues, The Hunt for Red October, Glengarry Glen Ross, Malice, The Juror, The Edge, Ghosts of Mississippi, State and Main, The Cat in the Hat, The Cooler (National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actor, Oscar nomination), The Aviator, The Departed, and It’s Complicated, among many others.

On television Baldwin currently stars with Tina Fey on NBC’s “30 Rock”, winner of the 2007, 2008 and 2009 Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series. Baldwin has received six SAG Awards, three Golden Globes, the Television Critics Award and two Emmy awards as Best Actor in a Comedy Series for his performance on the show.  In 2011, Alec received his Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Orphans premiered in 1983 at The Matrix Theatre in Los Angeles where it won the Drama-Logue Award. Following its 1985 engagement at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre, the play had a successful run at New York’s Westside Arts Theatre and was subsequently produced in London. A film version was also produced.