About the Play
From 1853 to 1929 over 250,000 homeless and orphaned children were sent on trains to the American West, looking to find a home. Any home. This is the story of how foster care began in America.
Viewed through the eyes of the children themselves, The Orphan Train, by Aurand Harris, is based on the experiences of young orphans sent off on a train from New York City in 1914. But the past and present blur in this production, as anxiety, abuse, rejection, acceptance, and hope, are all encountered on this journey – echoing experiences all too familiar to modern day orphans.
This is a visceral, urgent piece of theatre, making use of music, movement, and film to create a compelling production as relevant now as ever.
About the Event
The crisis presented in The Orphan Train continues today. Over 1000 children come into foster care every year in Broward County alone. The solution remains the same: To find a loving family for each child in their time of crisis.
4KIDS of South Florida hold an annual fundraiser to benefit the orphans in Broward and Palm Beach County. This year, the fundraiser consists of an evening at the Broward Performing Arts Center, enjoying the experience of live theatre. The proceeds of all ticket sales for The Orphan Train directly benefit 4Kids. There will be a dinner held before the show at the beautiful Huizenga Pavilion, available to those donating at the Sponsorship level.