The Foreigner

 

 

 

 

Fractured Actors of the Ventura Vineyard is holding auditions for The Foreigner by Larry Shue, an uproarious comedy about an Englishman dropped into a rural Georgia fishing lodge and the screwball antics of the town locals that don’t know what to make of him. Scandal! Greed! Corruption! Hilarity! And that’s just the first act!
Whether you are a Tony winner or a first-timer, all are encouraged to audition. We are seeking cast and crew.

The Foreigner
A Comedy in Two-Acts by Larry Shue
Presented by Fractured Actors of the Ventura Vineyard
Opening November 2017

AUDITION DATES AND TIMES:

AUGUST 13
SUNDAY
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

AUGUST 14
MONDAY
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

AUGUST 15
TUESDAY
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

CLICK HERE to register for auditions and to access Audition Material.

CHARACTERS:

Charlie Baker: A proofreader for a science fiction magazine, Charlie is an awkward, introverted Englishman, with no real personality He has accompanied his friend, Froggy to a Georgia fishing lodge much against his own better judgment. (Age 30s-50s Standard British accent)

Betty Meeks: The proprietor of a Georgia fishing lodge, – an elderly widow who owns a resort lodge and mothers her guests. She has a fun, sarcastic nature. (55+, strong Southern accent)

Catherine Simms: A wealthy heiress and fiancée of the Reverend Lee. She has a ready wit and a sharp tongue. Catherine is Ellard’s sister. (Age 20-30, strong Southern accent)

Rev. David Marshall Lee – engaged to Catherine. and, “it would appear, a good young man to have on our side”. He comes in and out of the play and always seems like a charmer when the ladies are around. When it is just him alone with Charlie however, he begins to show his true colors. (Age 25-35, Refined and educated slight southern accent)

Owen Musser: The Tilghman County property inspector, Owen is a superstitious, dangerous racist man that lives in town. (30s-50s, strong Southern accent)

Ellard Simms: Catherine’s brother, Ellard is an agreeable young man who is a bit slow-witted. He is kind and gentle hearted, but no one really gives him the time of day until Charlie comes into the picture. (Mid-teens to early 20s, strong Southern accent)

THE STORY: 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. 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 evil plans of a sinister, two-faced minister and his redneck associate; the fact that the minister’s pretty fiancée is pregnant; and many other damaging revelations made with the thought that Charlie doesn’t understand a word being said. That he does fuels the nonstop hilarity of the play…

Winner of two Obie Awards and two Outer Critics Circle Awards as Best New American Play and Best Off-Broadway Production. An inspired comic romp, equal in inventive hilarity to the author’s classic comedy The Nerd, the present play enjoyed a sold-out premiere in Milwaukee before moving on to a long run Off-Broadway. Based on what the NY Post describes as a “devilishly clever idea,” the play demonstrates what can happen when a group of devious characters must deal with a stranger who (they think) knows no English. “Something funny is going on in Milwaukee—to the delight of audiences at the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre.” —Variety. “I laughed start to finish at one comic surprise after another.” —The New Yorker. “…a constant invitation to relax and laugh at the foolishness of life…” —Village Voice. “Shue’s comedy is positively antic, yet pleasantly seasoned with a few dashes of sentimentality…He has raided comedy’s storehouse…” —Bergen Record.*
*Description by Dramatists Play Service

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