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AMY AND THE ORPHANS

WRITTEN by lINDSEY fERRENTINO
Directed by dANIELLE mELENDEZ

February 10-25, 2023

Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8 p.m.

Sundays at 2 p.m.​

Performances will be held at the Arts Factory at West End Studios

Flex Passes Available Now!

Single tickets coming soon

This show contains adult language and themes, including trauma to disabled persons, recommended for ages 16+

A crowded car, 100 miles, three newly orphaned siblings, a chatty stranger, and a whopper of a family secret make for an extraordinarily uncomfortable road trip.

When their 85-year-old father dies, sparring siblings Maggie and Jake must face a question: How to break the bad news to their sister Amy, who has Down syndrome and has lived in a state home for years? Together, they careen down the Great American Long Island Expressway, navigating strip malls, traffic jams and some serious (and not-so-serious) family drama. Along the way, the pair find out just how much they don’t know about their family and each other. An unexpected turn reveals the moment that changed their lives…and the fact that Amy may be the only one who knows her own mind. 'Amy and the Orphans' is a rollicking ride that proves it’s never too late to follow a new road. Hop in, buckle up and hold on for dear life in this raucous family road trip.

This show contains adult language and themes, including trauma to disabled persons, recommended for ages 16+

What People Are Saying
the hollywood reporter
"A riotous, audacious blend of pathos and humor. There's a powerful beating heart in Lindsey Ferrentino's writing. Features enough hilarious one-liners to fuel a Neil Simon comedy...A play that boasts a rich, aching humanity."
the new york times
“Insightful... defiant... remarkable... [with] heartbroken resonance.”
NY1
"An astonishing play that is likely to alter your preconceptions. This touching drama questions the bonds of family and limits of love.”

Meet the Artists

Danielle Melendez
Danielle Melendez

Director

Danielle is elated to be working with Three Bone Theatre in the director’s chair for the first time! Danielle graduated from the University of the Arts with a BFA in Directing, Playwriting, and Production. She moved to the Carolinas in 2016 from Syracuse, NY where she worked at the Red House Arts Center for 5 years as a director, stage manager, box office manager, and a teaching artist for Pre-K through 5th grade amplifying core curriculum through artistic platforms. Also, during that time, she worked at the Adirondack Arts Center as their Artistic Associate. Since moving to Charlotte, she has worked with Three Bone Theatre on a number of productions including; Fahrenheit 451, Daffodil Girls, Every Brilliant Thing, Pipeline, and Open. She has since directed with Actors Theatre Charlotte as the director of Ghosts of Bogota, and is directing their production of Evil Dead the Musical in October 2022. “The strongest actions for a woman is to love herself, be herself and shine amongst those who never believed she could.” — Unknown

Lindsey Ferrentino
Lindsey Ferrentino

Playwright

Lindsey Ferrentino is a prolific playwright who writes with, according to The New York Times, “a muscular empathy which seeks to enter the minds of people for whom life is often a struggle of heroic proportions”. Whether writing about a female burn survivor or the first leading role for a person with Down Syndrome, Lindsey has been called “a brave playwright of dauntless conviction whose unflinching portraits are hard to come by outside of journalism."

Her produced plays include Ugly Lies the Bone (Roundabout Theatre Company, The National Theatre, UK, NYT Critics Pick), the “barrier breaking” Amy and the Orphans (Roundabout Theatre Company), This Flat Earth (Playwrights Horizons), and The Year to Come (La Jolla Playhouse, Roundabout Theatre Company - upcoming). Other plays include Kokomo, Magic Man, Moonlight on the Bayou and Paradise Bar and Grill. Ferrentino is the recipient of the 2016 Kesselring Prize, Laurents/ Hatcher Citation of Excellence, ASCAP Cole Porter Playwriting Prize, Paul Newman Drama Award, 2015 Kilroys List, finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn, Catalyst Award for Entertainment Industry Excellence, NYU Distinguished Young Alumna Award, nominated for the Outer Critics Circle John Gassner Award, and is the only two-time finalist for the Kendeda Playwriting Prize.

She is currently under commission from Roundabout, The Geffen, Manhattan Theatre Club, and South Coast Rep. She holds a B.F.A. from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, and has two M.F.A.'s in playwriting from Hunter College and The Yale School of Drama.

Learn More

The Arc Catalyst Awards

The Arc

Amy and the Orphans was recognized with the Catalyst Award for Entertainment Industry Excellence for its portrayal of disability and the casting of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).

The Arc Catalyst Awards
Moving Toward Inclusivity: Lindsey Ferrentino on Casting Amy and the Orphans

Breaking Character

Playwright Lindsey Ferrentino discusses writing and casting the first-ever leading role for a person with Down syndrome in the Off-Broadway premiere of Amy and the Orphans.

Moving Toward Inclusivity: Lindsey Ferrentino on Casting Amy and the Orphans
Actors with Down Syndrome Star in Hit Off-Broadway Play 'Amy and the Orphans'

NY Post

Meet the actors who broke barriers playing the first lead character with Down syndrome in the Off-Broadway premiere of Amy and the Orphans

Actors with Down Syndrome Star in Hit Off-Broadway Play 'Amy and the Orphans'