Aurand Harris has captured the essence of foster care in the United States through his play The Orphan Train. Set in 1914, this story showcases the experiences of young orphans sent off on a train from New York City. The trials and tribulations of foster care date back to the 19th Century, when more than 250,000 homeless and orphaned children were sent on trains to the American West between 1853 and 1929. Through the use of music, movement, and film, this production realistically demonstrates the feelings of anxiety, abuse, rejection, acceptance, and hope, all of which characterize the experiences of orphans from the past and present. To enrich the capability of foster care agencies, the proceeds of this production will benefit 4Kids of South Florida, which is a South Florida Foster Care Agency that helps find homes for children in crisis.
Relive the history of orphaned children on Friday at the Broward Center’s Amaturo Theatre, 201 SW Fifth Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. The show starts at 8 p.m., with additional performances Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit browardcenter.org or call 954-522-5334. Tickets cost $35 to $65.
Fri., Sept. 26, 8 p.m., 2014