The Two Orphans

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World premiere musical by Theresa Rebeck, M.A.'83, M.F.A.'86, Ph.D. '89
Music by Kim D. Sherman and Lyrics by Theresa Rebeck and John Sheehy, M.F.A. '89
Directed by Dennis Garnhum
December 1-11, 2005
Mainstage Theater
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Adapted from the 19th century melodrama of the same title, The Two Orphans traces the story of two African American sisters who struggle with survival in a hostile world in the aftermath of the Civil War and their recent liberation from slavery. The atmosphere of Reconstruction New Orleans is evoked by a rich variety of music drawn from the traditional songs as well as the original musical melodies and rhythms of the American south.

Made possible with generous support from the Robin, Barbara and Malcolm L. Sherman Endowment for the Performing Arts.

Take a Second Look!
The Second Look series is designed to bring you closer to the play by exploring one or more aspects of the play. Join us on Saturday, December 10 immediately following the 2 pm performance of The Two Orphans as composer Kim D. Sherman talks about the music she created for the production. Kim will discuss the challenges presented in working on a new piece, and her creative process as she wrote orchestrations and under-scoring for the show. She will offer insights into the collaborative process with author Theresa Rebeck and lyricist John Sheehy. Meet the actors and crew too!

For more information on Kim, visit