By Kenneth Jones
23 Jan 2013
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The Jan. 23 announcement of Sturridge's participation completes casting of the three-character play about two young brothers (Sturridge as Phillip and LaBeouf as Treat) who kidnap a rich man, Harold (played by "30 Rock" star Alec Baldwin).
Performances begin March 19 toward an April 7 opening at the Schoenfeld Theatre, 236 W. 45th Street. This is the Broadway debut of the play. Frederick Zollo and Robert Cole produce.
In Orphans, "Two orphaned brothers are living in a decrepit North Philadelphia row house," according to production notes. "Treat, the eldest, (LaBeouf, of "Transformers" fame), supports his damaged younger sibling Phillip by petty thievery, and makes the house a virtual prison for the seemingly simple-minded Phillip. One night he kidnaps a rich older man, Harold (Baldwin), who turns out to have his own motives and becomes the father figure the boys have always yearned for."
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 Off-Broadway run at New York's Westside Arts Theatre and was subsequently produced in London. A film version was also produced.
LaBeouf was most recently seen in John Hillcoat’s crime drama, "Lawless," alongside Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Guy Pearce, Jessica Chastain and Mia Wasikowska. He will be seen next in Robert Redford’s "The Company You Keep," a thriller co-starring Redford, Julie Christie, Stanley Tucci, Susan Sarandon and Chris Cooper. He also stars in "The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman" opposite Evan Rachel Wood and Melissa Leo.
Baldwin was nominated for a Tony Award in 1992 for his performance in A Streetcar Named Desire. He has also been seen on Broadway in Loot, Serious Money and Twentieth Century. Baldwin received an Academy Award nomination for "The Cooler" and won two Emmy Awards for his work on NBC's "30 Rock." He appeared in the film adaptation of Rock of Ages.