“The Foreigner” Brings Comedy Home
If comedy is your cup of moonshine, then you’ll drink in The Foreigner at Lakeshore Players Theatre in White Bear Lake.
"The show runs February 26-March 22," says Director and Resident Artistic Director Ben Ratkowski, "Seven seasoned actors bring us south of the Mason-Dixon line to tickle our funny bones in a play chock-full of hilarious misadventures and heart."
The award-winning comedy is the tale of a timidly humdrum man named Charlie Baker (Nathan Metcalf, recently seen on the LPT stage in Drood) who is brought to a rural Georgia lodge by a friend and explosive expert Froggy LeSueur (Charles Gerlach) and finds himself more than knee-deep in a case of mistaken identity.
Through Charlie's interaction with a zany cast of Southern characters - lovably quirky lodge owner Betty Meeks (Ginny Luetgeb); two-faced preacher Rev. David Marshall Lee (Brandon Holscher); conflicted ex-socialite Catherine Simms (Emily Fletcher) and her dimwitted brother Ellard (Timothy J. Reddy); and the vile and short-tempered Owen Musser (Joshua Stenvick) – secrets are spilled, plots are hatched, and Charlie has a chance to discover once and for all what he’s truly made of.
“The story goes beyond a funny situation with stereotypical characters. We go on a journey. We get to laugh with wild abandon and we get a chance see each character transform in front of our very eyes,” says Ratkowski.
“I liked The Nerd when we did it in 2012 and can’t wait for The Foreigner, written by the same playwright, Larry Shue,” says Lakeshore’s Executive Director Joan Elwell.
Amiln Gray, Shue’s colleague and friend from Milwaukee Repertory Theater, explained in a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article why people are drawn to The Foreigner, “In Larry's plays, you felt his sweetness of nature, the speed of his intelligence, the breadth of his tolerance and his love of people. Even when there is a satirical edge to his work, there is no cruelty.”
Perhaps Assistant Stage Manager Sarah Justad sums it up best when she says, "There is so much to like about the show and the people in it. Each time I step into the theatre I feel like I am right at home."
When you go:
-Performances are February 26-March 22, 2015 at Lakeshore Players Theatre, 4820 Stewart Avenue in White Bear Lake.
-Tickets are $18-$23 and may be reserved in advance with remaining seats sold at the door starting two hours prior to show time. To purchase tickets in advance and select your own seats at no additional charge, go to LakeshorePlayers.com or call 651-429-5674.
The Foreigner Special Events:
-The $12 preview performance is Thursday, February 26.
-An opening night reception is included in the ticket price on Friday, February 27. Catered by Ingredients Cafe, the reception immediately follows the performance.
-Pay-what-you-can rush tickets will be available at the door starting at 6:30 p.m., while supplies last, on Saturday, February 28.
-Find out more about the show and how Lakeshore brings a story from page to stage at a post-show discussion with the cast and crew following the matinee performance on Sunday, March 1.
Funding for The Foreigner was made possible in part by the Minnesota State Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund and from generous contributions from Lakeshore Players supporters.
(Character: Performer, Hometown)
Charlie Baker: Nathan Metcalf, Roseville
Ellard Simms: Timothy J. Reddy, St. Paul
Betty Meeks: Ginny Leutgeb, Little Canada
Catherine Simms: Emily N. Fletcher, Coon Rapids
Owen Musser: Joshua Stenvick, Montgomery
Froggy LeSueur: Charles Gerlach, Circle Pines
Rev. David Marshall Lee: Brandon Holscher, Champlin
Feb 26, Thur (7:30 pm)
Mar 6, Fri (7:30 pm)
Mar 13, Fri (7:30 pm)
Mar 20, Fri (7:30 pm)
For More Information:
Ben Ratkowski, Artistic Director
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
2015 Lakeshore Players Theatre • 4820 Stewart Ave • White Bear Lake, MN 55110 • Box Office: 651-429-5674