Award-winning playwright Mary Murfitt has written stories and songs about cowgirls, small-town folks and other fictional characters. But her new musical, "Looking for Home: A Story from the Orphan Trains," is based on a little-known aspect of American history — and a real woman.
With emotional, stirring songs and historic period staging, the play recreates small-town America in the 1920s. Youth Theatre Director Donna Inglima directs the play, which will make its premiere at the Laguna Playhouse on the weekends of Nov. 4-6 and Nov. 11-13. Murfitt wrote the book, lyrics and music for the show.
In 2002, Murfitt — herself adopted and raised in a small Kansas town — met 90-year-old Anna Fuchs, who had come to the same town in the 1920s on an "orphan train." Fuchs was part of a supervised mass migration of abandoned or orphaned children from New York City and other gritty East Coast towns to the Great Plains.