Release Date: 4/10/2012
Clarksville, Ark. --- University of the Ozarks Theatre will present Larry Shue's award-winning production, The Foreigner, April 19, 20 and 21 in the Walton Fine Arts Center.
The play, which is the University Theatre's final production of the 2011-2012 academic year, begins at 7:30 p.m. each evening, and the house opens for seating at 7 p.m. General admission tickets are $8 each.
The Foreigner was the winner of two Obie Awards and two Outer Critics Circle Awards as Best New American Play and Best Off-Broadway Production. The Foreigner demonstrates what can happen when a group of devious characters deal with a stranger whom they think knows no English. The scene is a fishing lodge in rural Georgia often visited by Froggy LeSueur, 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 sinister plans of a two-faced minister and his redneck associate, the fact that the minister's pretty fiancée is pregnant, and much more. What Charlie does fuels the nonstop hilarity and sets up the breath-taking climax.
Theatre Professor Bruce B. Brown is the director, technical director and scenic designer of the production. Clayton Becker is the stage manager and sound board operator. The cast includes Stephen Kennedy as Sgt. Froggy LeSueur, Jordan Kulow as Charlie Baker, Jenava Harris as Betty Meeks, Jordan Martin as Rev. David M. Lee, Jacqueline Jade Jurcik as Catherine Simms, David Pluebell as Owen Musser, and John L. Davis as Ellard Simms.
The company also includes Justin L. Hughes, Alisha Nystrom, Tori Rhein, Katelyn Nichols, Orville Scott, Rachael Drake and Ginny Sain.
The Foreigner is made possible in part by the Cecil and Ruth Boddie Farmer Theatre Production Endowment, which was established by their children, Dr. Pat Farmer of Clarksville and Mrs. Heber Farmer McKissack of Conway. Cecil and Ruth Boddie Farmer were both 1941 graduates of what was then The College of the Ozarks. Cecil passed away in 2001 and Ruth died in 2004. The endowment helps fund an annual spring production by the University Theatre in conjunction with Alumni Weekend.