The Foreigner
  by Larry Shue
 Stetson University / Athens Theatre
  November 2011

This production was a collaboration between Stetson's Theatre program and the Sands Theater Company, a local non-profit community theatre It was performed at the Sands' home, the historic Athen Theatre in downtown DeLand, Florida.  The set was designed and constructed at Stetson's Stover Theatre (as per our usual production process) and loaded in to the Athens Theatre. This provided our students the opportunity to participate in a touring production (albeit on a limited scale), as well as to work with more experienced actors in our community.

The Foreigner is Shue's first and funniest play, utilizing many of the standard comic devices, but centering on one in particular: a masquerade involving the pretense of not being able to speak or understand English - and the subsequent discovery of various secrets. 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. On this visit, Froggy has brought with him a friend: Charlie, a shy and reclusive science fiction proofreader whose habitually unfaithful wife is eager to get him out of the way. He soon becomes an object of curiosity and center of attention among the locals as a foreigner who "don't understand no English" - he then manipulates his situation to become a kind of relectant hero, righting wrongs while discovering a new self-confidence.

We were very fortunate to have two accomplished actors join our students on stage: Rachel Yadanza (as Betty), Artistic Director of the loca nonprofit Wilde-Coward Theater Company; and Brendan Rogers (as Owen), a Stetson alum, recent graduate of the University of Central Florida's MFA Acting program, and adjunct instructor in our theatre program.

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