A New Direction in Theatre
The Foreigner by Larry Shue
Directed by Evette Randolph
December 14 starting at 7:00PM. Everyone should arrive at 7 and stay until auditions are complete.
Show Dates: February 17, 18, 24, 25
March 2, 3, 4
Email 30byNinetyAuditions@gmail.com to receive sides.
A fishing lodge in rural Georgia where “Froggy” LeSeuer, a British demolition expert, has brought along a pathologically shy young man named Charlie who is consumed with fear at the thought of making conversation with strangers. So “Froggy” tells all assembled that Charlie is from an exotic foreign country and speaks no English. Eventually the other guests decide to air their secrets around Charlie- many damaging revelations made with the thought that Charlie doesn’t understand a word being said. That he does understand English fuels the nonstop hilarity while setting up an ending in which things go uproariously awry with the “good guys” emerging triumphant.
CHARACTER LIST: Must be able to play age listed.
Froggy Lesueur (M, 35-55) A British military demolitions expert & Charlie’s friend, on loan to a local U.S. Army base; open, hearty, cheerful and well-traveled. He speaks with a working-class English accent.
Charlie Baker (M, 35-55) A pathologically shy British man; sweet, intelligent, gentle, and the idea of contact with strangers throws him into a debilitating panic; He has accompanied Froggy against his own better judgment. He is a proofreader for a science fiction magazine. His natural accent is middle-class English, but he adopts an accent that can be vaguely middle to eastern European….plus various other “creepy ogre-alien” voices. Note: Should be capable of expert physical comedy.
Betty Meeks (F, 55+) The proprietor of the Georgia fishing lodge, Betty is pleasant, wise in some ways, naïve in others. She is a good-hearted, generous, “down-home” Southerner. Speaks with a rural Georgia accent.
Reverend David Marshall Lee (M, 30-40) Neither the stereotypical pious young man nor the hearty backslapping evangelist, he appears to be a “regular guy”, one that you would like to have on your side. He is not what he seems, however: a sinister, two-faced, honest-to-goodness “bad guy”. He speaks with an educated Georgia accent.
Catherine Simms (F, 25-35) The very pregnant and potentially rich fiancée of the Reverend Lee, she has a ready wit and a sharp tongue. She is a fading “deb” and a graduate of U of Georgia. Ellard’s older sister. She speaks with an educated Georgia accent.
Ellard Simms (M, 17-30) Catherine’s brother, Ellard is agreeable, though a bit slow-witted. He works as a sort of handyman for Betty and needs a considerable bit of instruction in his tasks. He is actually quite bright and gentle, but is emotionally stunted; he has been overlooked, ignored, and untended, without ever getting a chance to grow and prosper as a person. Speaks with a rural Georgia accent.
Owen Musser (M, 35-55) The mean, suspicious, and slimy Tilghman County property inspector. Vulgar, moody, and dangerous; Owen and the Reverend Lee are cooking up an evil plot; Owen, we find, is the absolute stereotype of an ill-bred southern Klansman. Speaks with a rural Georgia accent.
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