What's up next at Hale Theatre Centre in Gilbert's Historic District? Larry Shue's delightful comedy The Foreigner is coming to town for an extended visit beginning September 3. Shue's play will continue tickling Hale audience's funny bones through October 16.
Four time AriZoni Award winner Lori Towne (and nominee for a 2010 AriZoni Award for her staging of Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd), returns to Hale where she directed last season's extremely popular production of James Sherman's Beau Jest. The Foreigner will have sets, lighting and sound design by Hale Artistic Director David Dietlein. The very talented Pam Oborn is designing the costumes. The cast includes Eric Brekke as Charlie Baker (the foreigner of the title), Robert Holt as Sergeant Froggy LeSueur, Rob Stuart as the Rev. David Lee Marshall, Barbara McGrath as Betty Meeks, Scott McGee as Owen, Mallory Adams as Catherine Simms and Stetson Holliday as Ellard Simms.
Charlie Baker has a huge problem. He's painfully shy and miserable at having so recently lost his great love. Charlie's friend, Froggy LeSueur, decides to take Charlie on vacation to his favorite fishing lodge in the Georgia backwoods where he passes his shy friend off as a foreigner who doesn't speak English. Pretending to not understand a word spoken to him, Charlie gets quite an earful! As everyone's confidente, he is made privy to everything you always wanted to know but were afraid to ask or simply put: TMI! Charlie discovers huge, sinister plans all around in this remote small town. The mayhem that ensues makes The Foreigner one of the most outrageous and hilarious shows you're likely to see this season.
Following its premiere in Milwaukee, The Foreigner, directed by Jerry Zaks, opened on November 1, 1984 at New York City's Astor Place Theatre, where it ran for 686 performances. The opening night cast included author Shue, Anthony Heald, and Patricia Kalember. It eventually won two Obie Awards and two Outer Critics Circle Awards, including Best New American Play and Best Off-Broadway Production. Larry Shue died in a plane crash the following year, not living to see the continued popularity of The Foreigner.
On November 7, 2004, a Roundabout Theatre Company revival, directed by Scott Schwartz and starring Matthew Broderick, Frances Sternhagen, and Neal Huff, opened for a ten-week run at the off-Broadway Laura Pels Theatre.
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For more information about The Foreigner performance schedules and/or ticket prices and availability, please contact Hale Centre Theatre directly either ON LINE or the box office at (480)-497-1181.
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