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Our Fall 2011 Production

The Foreigner

Comedy

Performance Dates:
October 7-9; 13-15, 2011
7:30 PM
(Sunday afternoon Matinee: 2:00 PM)

The Cast

Michael Fait
"Froggy LeSeur"

Dick Antinoja
"Charlie Baker"

Cynthia Welling
"Betty Meeks"

Eric Westphal
"Rev. David Marshall Lee"

       

Stephanie Hoerth
"Catherine Simms"

Charles
Buchs-Hammonds

"Owen Musser"

Megan Jacobson
"Ellie Simms"

Alice Wallner
"Townsperson"

       
  Linda Garski

Rick Durrant
"Townsperson"


Jenni Guggenheimer
Asst. Stage Manager

Debbie Linzmaier
Stage Manager

Linda Garski
Linda Garski
Director

Following its premiere in Milwaukee, the play, directed by Jerry Zaks, opened on November 1, 1984 at New York City's Astor Place Theatre, where it ran for 686 performances. It eventually won two Obie Awards and two Outer Critics Circle Awards, including Best New American Play and Best Off-Broadway Production.

THE STORY: 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.

From the Director: I am honored to be directing this show. For those of you who have been WRCT patrons for a while, you might remember that WRCT produced The Foreigner back in 1992. (In fact, I played the role of Betty!) It was wonderful then, and will be wonderful this fall, with this MARVELOUS group of actors filling the roles. I am so excited to work with this talented bunch and can't wait for you to see this funny, funny play!

Linda Garski
Larry Shue
Playwright
"The Foreigner"

About the Author: Larry Shue’s promising career as a comic playwright was cut short by his untimely death in a plane crash at the age of thirty-nine.

Born July 23, 1946, in New Orleans, Louisiana, Shue grew up in Kansas and Illinois, displaying an early interest in theatre. After participating in high school dramatics, Shue attended Illinois Wesleyan University and graduated with a B.F.A. in theatre in 1968. After serving in the entertainment division of the United States Army from 1969 to 1972, Shue continued his acting career with the Harlequin Dinner Theatres in both Washington, D.C., and Atlanta, Georgia, winning two acting awards in Atlanta in 1977. As an actor, Shue joined the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1977. Two years later his one-act play, Grandma Duck Is Dead (1979), launched his mature playwrighting career. Shue was named Playwright in Residence for Milwaukee Rep in 1979 and his mature, ful-llength plays soon followed, including the two works for which he is best known—The Nerd (1981) and The Foreigner (1983)—as well as his more serious play, Wenceslas Square (1984). Shue’s acting career also included a stint with the Berkeley Repertory company in California, some brief appearances in films, and work on the well-known television soap opera One Life to Live.

Shue was among fourteen people who died in a commuter plane crash near Weyer’s Cave, Virginia, on September 23, 1985. The plane crashed into Hall Mountain, killing everyone aboard, as the flight approached the Shenandoah Valley airport between Staunton and Harrisonburg. At the time of his death, Shue’s fortunes were clearly rising. The Nerd had been a phenomenal success in London, The Foreigner was still running in New York, and he had been commissioned by the Disney studio to write a screenplay for the latter play. He was also working on the script for a comedy series for CBS, had been commissioned to write the book for a Broadway musical based on The Honeymooners television series, and he was about to make his Broadway acting debut in The Mystery of Edwin Drood.

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