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The Foreigner 1996 Last Modified: Tuesday, January 06, 2009
The Foreigner
by Larry Shue
Directed by Mark Britton
February, 1996


From Dramatists Play Service:

The scene is a fishing lodge in rural Georgia often visited by "Froggy" LeSeuer, a British demolition expert who occasionally runs training sessions at a nearby army base. This time "Froggy" has brought along a friend, a pathologically shy young man named Charlie who is overcome with fear at the thought of making conversation with strangers. So "Froggy," before departing, tells all assembled that Charlie is from an exotic foreign country and speaks no English. Once alone the fun really begins, as Charlie overhears more than he should—the evil plans of a sinister, two-faced minister and his redneck associate; the fact that the minister's pretty fiancée is pregnant; and many other damaging revelations made with the thought that Charlie doesn't understand a word being said. That he does fuels the nonstop hilarity of the play and sets up the wildly funny climax in which things go uproariously awry for the "bad guys," and the "good guys" emerge triumphant.

Winner of two Obie Awards and two Outer Critics Circle Awards as Best New American Play and Best Off- Broadway Production. An inspired comic romp, equal in inventive hilarity to the author's classic comedy The Nerd, the present play enjoyed a sold-out premiere in Milwaukee before moving on to a long run Off- Broadway. Based on what the NY Post describes as a "devilishly clever idea," the play demonstrates what can happen when a group of devious characters must deal with a stranger who (they think) knows no English.

"Something funny is going on in Milwaukee—to the delight of audiences at the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre." —Variety.

"I laughed start to finish at one comic surprise after another." —The New Yorker.

"…a constant invitation to relax and laugh at the foolishness of life…" —Village Voice.

"Shue's comedy is positively antic, yet pleasantly seasoned with a few dashes of sentimentality…He has raided comedy's storehouse…" —Bergen Record.

Published by Dramatists Play Service.

John Crawford as "Froggy" LeSueur Lewis Mathews as Charlie Baker Elva Hansen as Betty Meeks

John Citron as Rev. David Marshall Lee
Role Actor
"Froggy" LeSueur: John Crawford
Charlie Baker: Lewis Mathews
Betty Meeks: Elva Hansen
Rev. David Marshall Lee: John Citron
Catherine Simms: Jan McKillip
Owen Musser: Jerry Longinotti
Ellard Simms: Chris Powers
Our Crew
Director: Mark Britton
Stage Manager: Mark Britton
Costumes: Elva Hansen
Jane Goldman
Hot Springy Dingy
Susan Gobel
Props: Kathy Andregg
Pat Alpe
Sheri Thornton
Katie Nolan
Linda Randall
Reception Caterer: Robin's Place
Set Design: Mark Britton
Set Construction: Mark Britton
Bill Tanzyus
Paul Lessard
Lee Pendergraph
Set Dressing: Cast and Friends
Makeup: Dusty DeVille
Lights/Sound: Dave McKillip
Jan McKillip
Box Office: Tiffany Younts
Nancy Miller
Sharon Britton
Poster and Programs: Bill White
Webmaster: John Lukas
Jan McKillip as Catherine Simms Jerry Longinotti as Owen Musser Chris Powers as Ellard Simms

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Barbara Herwig
Lee Pendergraph
Hot Springy Dingy (Hanna Mills)
Pat and gang at McCoys Building Supply Center
The Hot Springs Factory Outlet Stores - Jane Bowie
Blake Stone
Jim and Heather Henigan
John Citron
Elva Hansen
Dan McCraw
Paul Lessard
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