November 2, 1987 |
Bill Woodman came to town to stage Orphans for the Philadelphia Theater Company. Three days into rehearsal, a car knocked him down and broke his knee. An operation followed. When I inquired about his recovery, he sent along a nice note, saying he was ready to report on his summer in Yugoslavia directing "the Macedonian premiere of Sam Shepard's Buried Child. " Sam Shepard? Macedonia? Now that's what you call a story. In a flash, I was at Woodman's bedside at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, notebook in hand.
December 8, 1995 |
Santa Claus was there and so was an elf, but the gifts given yesterday didn't come from the North Pole. They were the citzenship papers given to the 20 or so foreign-born orphans who became American citzens during a ceremony at Philadelphia Distict Office of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service at 16th and Callowhill streets. J. Scott Blackman, the district director, called the children's ceremony a "holiday tradition. " The children came from as far as China, Russia, Holland, South America and Korea.
September 28, 2001 |
After the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Marianne Massi and other members of Maranatha Tabernacle in Moorestown were determined that the Romanian orphans who were scheduled to visit would return home with happy memories. The orphans, who had been brought to the United States by Small World Ministries, were on their way to see the World Trade Center when the two towers were hit. Unable to leave New York, the group stayed overnight in a nearby hotel with no electricity and then headed to a Christian camp in South Carolina the next day. The group had originally planned to visit Moorestown before traveling to South Carolina.
October 6, 1989 |
Two extraordinary Brazilian features screen on Sunday, part of the ambitious "Latin American Visions" program at International House. Both are about orphans whose alienation from family alienates them from culture. Suzana Amaral's Hour of the Star (1986) is a lively chronicle of the extremely dull life of Macabea, a country orphan who comes to bustling Sao Paulo. A typist who can't spell, a romantic without a lover and a Coca-Cola aficionada who can't afford her taste, Macabea is a misfit everywhere but in her dreams.
February 26, 1988 |
Orphans - adapted by Alan J. Pakula but never adopted by movie-goers in its limited release last year - arrives here today as an orphan in its own right. Pakula's flawlessly judged and responsive version of Lyle Kessler's play opened to enthusiastic reviews in its Oscar-qualifying runs in New York and Los Angeles last fall. But for all its merits - chiefly a performance of Olympian skill from Albert Finney - the film failed to attract paying customers. It has been all but abandoned by its parent studio, Lorimar, and can be found on the doorstep of the Roxy Screening Room.
November 10, 1992 |
In a note to audiences, the New City Stage, which is literally new in the city, says it aims to present "actors striving to genuinely live on the stage within the imaginary world of the play. " In its production of Orphans the company does a pretty good job of achieving that goal. The play by Lyle Kessler is presented with an intensity that commands attention by dint of some strong performances, and because of the close proximity of the action to the audience in the makeshift theater space New City Stage has rented in the desolate NewMarket shopping center.
November 16, 1987 |
The situation is this: Two brothers grow up wild in an unkempt house without parents in the vicinity of Broad and Olney. The older brother, Treat, carries a knife. He mugs people. The younger brother, Phillip, spends days hiding in the closet, watching reruns on TV and staring out the window. He appears to be feeble-minded. Into their lives comes a hearty drunk from Chicago named Harold. His attache case is filled with a fortune in securities. Treat takes him captive, envisioning a windfall in ransom.
April 28, 1998 |
Sister M. Alphonsa Molot, 89, who was imprisoned by the Russians in World War II and eventually helped bring a thousand Polish orphans to the United States, died Sunday at St. Joseph's Catholic Nursing Home, Woodbridge, Middlesex County. Born in Poland, Sister M. Alphonsa arrived in the United States weighing only 75 pounds following her wartime ordeals. She spent time recuperating before serving at the residence of the late Bishop Bartholomew Eustace in the Diocese of Camden. After obtaining her New Jersey practical nurse's license, she was assigned to St. Mary's Catholic Home in Cherry Hill for three years.
December 3, 1988 |
Heaven on Earth, the new single-episode edition of Masterpiece Theater airing tomorrow (Channel 12 at 9 p.m.), dramatizes one result of Britain's Industrial Revolution at the end of the 19th century: an unusually large number of orphans. These were children whose parents neglected them while they worked in the booming factories, or who were the survivors of parents who died from the frequent industrial accidents. Many of these luckless young people were sent to Canada and placed in foster homes - more than 125,000 of them between 1865 and 1914, in fact, under a program organized by a British feminist, Susan Rye. All of this is explained by Masterpiece host Alastair Cooke before the start of this 90-minute, Canadian-made production, and it's a good thing, too, because Heaven on Earth itself provides little historical context.
February 13, 2007 |
No art project has ever mattered as much to Abington High School junior Lizzie Kreitschmann, and not just because she's shooting for an A. Instead of eating lunch most days, Kreitschmann works on her drawing of a 15-year-old Egyptian orphan with lopsided eyes, a tight-lipped smile and blue shirt. It may be the first portrait of himself that the boy has ever had. It will surely become a prized possession - if only Kreitschmann captures his likeness, something she can't help worrying about.