October 19-22, 1995
Location: Carrefour de l’Isle-Saint-Jean, Charlottetown Written by: Larry Shue Director: David Sherren Assistant Director: Nils Ling Producer: Gerry Gray and David Sherren Stage Manager: Wallena Higgins
Cast: David Sherren Jennifer Anderson Doug Huskilson Valerie Moore Keir Malone Ed Rashed Greg Stapleton
This was ACT’s second production. David Sherren, the artistic force behind ACT’s early productions, was prompted by having seen The Nerd (which we subsequently staged in 1997), to do this other play by Larry Shue. The Foreigner had a record-breaking run in New York and was considered one of America’s most popular plays.
The story … Charlie Baker is a disconsolate British proof-reader whose wife, he has found, has been unfaithful - 23 times. To forget his troubles, he has come with his pal Froggy Lesueur to a remote lodge in Georgia. He’s too depressed to talk to anyone, and so Froggy puts out the cover that Charlie is “a foreigner” who doesn’t know English. Since the other characters believe he can’t understand, they feel free to say anything around him … and they certainly do, to hilarious effect.