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September 12, 2008

ULM Theatre-Works Productions presents four performances of “The Foreigner” Sept. 25 – 28

Theater fans have a treat awaiting them at ULM Sept. 25 – 28 in the form of the Obie Award-winning play “The Foreigner.” All performances will be held in the ULM Black Box Theatre; shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25 – 27, and at 2 p.m. Sept. 28.

Entrance to the Black Box Theatre is obtained through the Spyker Theatre lobby just off the Sculpture Garden, found on the northwest side of Brown Theatre Complex.

The production is directed by Assistant Professor Kyle Zimmerman, ULM’s newest theatre faculty member.

The all-student cast of “The Foreigner” includes Milton Crosby as Charlie and ULM football player Travis Eickman playing the role of English Staff Sergeant Froggy LeSueur. The Southern belle Catherine Simms is played by Morgan Patrick, while Jerry Norman portrays Reverend Lee. Justin Hawn is Catherine’s younger brother, Ellard, while the county property inspector Owen Musgrave is portrayed by Kenneth Harris. Property owner Betty is played by Ginger Hicks. Rounding out the cast are ULM students Christina Porter, Erica Durr, and Daniel Scalia.

Guest tickets are $10 and may be reserved in advance by calling the VAPA Box Office at (318) 342-1414. ULM students, faculty and staff tickets are complimentary and may be obtained during regular school hours at the VAPA office located in Biedenharn Hall, room 105.

All seating is general seating and is limited to only 110 seats per performance. If still available, tickets will be sold at the door beginning one hour before each performance. “The Foreigner” is suitable for all audiences and apt for a fun family outing.

More about “The Foreigner”:
“The Foreigner,” a play by Larry Shue, originally opened in 1984 in New York, where it ran for 686 performances. The play won two Obie Awards and two Outer Critics Circle Awards.

The story is about Charlie, a painfully shy Englishman, who visits a Georgia bed and breakfast resort. He concocts a plan to avoid speaking to others by posing as a mysterious foreigner who speaks no English. The plan works well at first, and then backfires. Charlie soon finds himself the center of attention, serving as . . . a sweet old lady's exotic human pet, marriage counselor to a pregnant debutante and as an English pupil to her dull-witted brother.

It's all fun and games until he overhears a plot to steal the resort and turn it into the Georgia headquarters for the Ku Klux Klan. Can Charlie save his friends without blowing his cover as the foreigner? Join us and find out!

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