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By Larry Shue
Directed by Matt Chiorini       
The Foreigner

Previews: July 18, 19, 20, 21, 22,
25 & 26
Opening Night: July 27, 2012

Close: August 19, 2012

"Pay What You Can" July 18 and 19


Click here to read the preview by
Marty Clear from Tampa Bay Times.

Click here to read the preview by
Kathy Greenberg from The Tampa Tribune

“Everything's right with Larry Shue's The Foreigner and its hilarious staging at American Stage…Meticulous performances by the entire seven-person cast infuse the characters with enough warmth and menace that they're involving…Chris Crawford in the title role is an obvious standout…The whole cast works on that same level…Tom Hansen's stunningly rich set…It's hard to find a flaw with the American Stage production.” – Marty Clear, Tampa Bay Times

 “American Stage breathed life into this comedy of errors, reviving my faith in the funny that is farce…Matt Chiorini directed an incredible cast…Chris Crawford’s expressions were remarkable, taking Shue's already hilarious text to a whole other level of brilliance… Crawford truly mastered the art of comedy…A number of memorable scenes played out on Tom Hansen's well-designed stage. Crawford and Greyson Lewis’ shtick was as good as, if not better than, any Laurel-Hardy or Abbott-Costello collaboration. This was just one of the too-many-to-count guffaws that kept the audience in stitches.” -Kathy L. Greenberg, The Tampa Tribune

Chris Crawford plays Charlie — innocent and endangered at every moment…Matt Lunsford is excellent as army Brit Froggy…Elizabeth Dimon is sweet as lodge owner Betty… Gavin Hawk is persuasive as the duplicitous Reverend Lee (it’s delightful to see fresh-faced Hawk play a scoundrel)…Natalie Symons, one of the best actresses in the Bay area, makes Catherine a wonderfully complex woman…and Greyson Lewis plays slow-witted Ellard as if 19 of 20 light bulbs in his brain need immediate replacement… Tom Hansen’s set, of a handsome lodge lobby, is nicely realistic.
– Mark E. Leib, Creative Loafing

Click here to watch cast members from THE FOREIGNER on Studio 10/Channel 10

“Larry Shue has raided comedy's storehouse!” –Bergen Record

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 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 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.

Below is the publicity video for THE FOREIGNER.

Below are the publicity photos for THE FOREIGNER.

Below is a sneak peak of the set for THE FOREIGNER and partial cast.
(L-R) Gavin Hawk, Elizabeth Dimon& Dan Matisa

THE CAST (in order of appearance):
S/Sgt. “Froggy” LeSueur.............................Matt Lunsford
Charlie Baker.............................Chris Crawford*
Betty Meeks.............................Elizabeth Dimon*
Rev. David Marshall Lee.............................Gavin Hawk*
Catherine Simms............................. Natalie Symons
Owen Musser.............................Dan Matisa*
Ellard Simms.............................Greyson Lewis

* = member, Actors’ Equity Association    

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Creative Clay Happy Hour at American Stage Theatre
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
5:30–7:30 p.m.


Join Creative Clay at American Stage for happy hour with mingling, art and music. Creative Clay's member artists will be exhibiting a show inspired by the American Stage Theatre production of The Foreigner.

Creative Clay member artists have painted their interpretations of The Foreigner for the production, which will be showcased and available for purchase at the
Tuesday, June 31 Happy Hour.

This Happy Hour is open to all interested patrons of the arts; no tickets necessary.  Proceeds from this event will benefit Creative Clay and American Stage Theatre Company. Both are proud recipients of the Bank of America Neighborhood Builders Grant, which has helped these organizations continue their missions of enriching the Tampa Bay Community through the arts.  

To see photos from the January Happy Hour at American Stage click here.

Proceeds benefit Creative Clay and American Stage Theatre.
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