Samples of Richard Esvang’s work as a playwright. Both plays have been produced.

I Was An Orphan Train Rider

“I was an Orphan Train Rider,” tells a heartbreaking account of children trying to survive in an uncertain world. The play follows the plight of several children living in the squalor that was lower Manhattan in 19th century New York. The lives of these children are turned upside down when they find themselves in a controversial program to ship, by train, orphaned, abandoned, or homeless children out to communities throughout the country and have them placed into homes. Known as the Orphan Train movement, this came to be the largest migration of children in United States history. Based on real stories and actual events, I was an Orphan Train Rider uses a filmic style of storytelling that moves seamlessly from one child’s story to another following their struggles, conflicts as they journey towards hope and salvation. Especially exciting is that this play offers many penetrating acting moments for young actors; giving them a brilliant opportunity to explore truthful and deeply emotional issues. This play was originally produced by the Great Plains Theatre Festival in January 2004

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Richard Esvang