ALBANY—Harbinger Theater will present Andy and the Orphans by Lindsey Ferrentino with direction by Patrick White at Albany Barn, 56 2nd Street in Arbor Hill. The dates of the show are Sept. 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, and Oct. 1, and all shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased on the Eventbrite website. There will be Q&A sessions after each Friday show, and unvaccinated guests will need to wear masks. 

FREE preview 9/21 at 7:30pm

“We chose this play before my mother and brother had passed away within 10 days of each other this past Spring so I had no idea I would be dealing with a family comedy about how a death of a family member impacts all less than three months after I experienced that very thing,” said White. “I love the opportunity to play with this great group of people. I love that this play gives me the courage to have fun.” 

When their 85-year-old father dies, sparring siblings Maggie and Jake must face a question: How to break the bad news to their brother Andy, who has Down syndrome and has lived in a state home for years? Along the way, the pair find out just how much they don’t know about their family and each other. It seems only Andy knows who he really is.

Harbinger Theater has been recognized by the Troy Record as “The newest theater organization in the area is the most prolific as well as one of the most challenging in terms of material,” with the goal to produce Capital Region premieres by underproduced playwrights. Since December, the theater company has produced four plays garnering raves, welcoming over 1,000 audience members between all of the shows. The Christians by Lucas Hnath was the inaugural play under the production company name. Other shows include: Hurricane Diane by Madeleine George, Admissions by Joshua Harmon, Destroying David by Jason Odell Williams, and Exit Strategy by Ike Holter. 

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