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Brian Yorkey Directs THE FOREIGNER @ Village Theatre

 


FOR

IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 7, 2014

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PRESS/OPENING NIGHTS: Issaquah,

Thursday January 23, 7:30pm

Everett,

Friday March 7, 8pm

Brian

Yorkey Returns Home from Broadway

to Direct The Foreigner

Issaquah

Tickets on Sale Now.

Everett

Tickets on Sale January 29, 2014.

Issaquah Run: January 23, 2014 – March 2, 2014

Everett Run: March 7 - 30, 2014

ISSAQUAH, WA–Busy Brian Yorkey has left the hustle and

bustle of Broadway behind for the opportunity to direct The Foreigner in his hometown

of Issaquah, WA. Brian first fell in love with The Foreigner when he was

a student in Village Theatre’s performing arts training program, KIDSTAGE, and he

now directs an all-local cast in this scrupulously clever comedic farce.

Best known perhaps for writing the Pulitzer Prize

and Tony Award-winning musical Next to

Normal with Tom Kitt, Brian Yorkey is one of this country’s busiest theatre professionals. In addition to

directing The Foreigner, Brian is also currently working on two new

Broadway musicals: If/Then starring

Idina Menzel (B’way previews begin 3/5/14) and The Lost Ship with a score by rock legend Sting (B’way opening Fall

2014). In the past decade Brian Yorkey has directed 12 shows at Village Theatre

(most recently Jesus Christ Superstar and Lost in Yonkers) and workshopped

a number of new shows through Village Theatre’s Festival of New Musicals (most

recently Jesus In My Bedroom).

In the outrageously funny The Foreigner, the

pathologically shyCharlie goes to a fishing lodge in Georgia looking for a little

peace and quiet. To avoid conversation, he masquerades as a foreigner who can’t

speak English. He soon realizes that people say the most extraordinary things

when they think no one can understand them and his serene getaway suddenly

turns into a hive of drama and intrigue.

The Foreigneropened in New York City in 1984. Audiences loved it, The

Foreigner received multiple awards, and was revived regionally countless

times: most notably a 1992 Village Theatre production directed by Bill

Ontiveros and a 2004 Roundabout Theatre production in New York City that

starred Matthew Broderick. Tragically, playwright Larry Shue did not live to

see his play’s growing popularity. He died in a plane crash in 1985, just one

year after its first New York opening.

For this production the creative team and cast

includes: Erik Gratton making

his Mainstage debut as Charlie; Eric Ray

Anderson as Owen; Angela DiMarco as

Catherine; Jonathan Crimeni as the

Reverend David Marshall Lee; Sharva

Maynard as Betty Meeks;Anthony Lee

Phillips as Ellard Simms and Patrick

Phillips as Froggy LeSueur. Matt

Smucker is the scenic designer, Tom

Sturge is the lighting designer and Melanie

Burgess designed the costumes. Monique

Walker is the properties master and Brent

Walker is the resident sound designer.

About Village

Theatre

Based in Issaquah, WA, with operations in Everett, Village

Theatre is a leading producer of musical theatre in the Pacific Northwest.

Producing entertaining, quality productions for the entire family since 1979,

Village Theatre has grown into one of the region's best-attended Equity

theatres, with over 18,400 Subscribers and 183,000 projected total attendance

each season. Through its Village Originals program, Village Theatre is

nationally recognized for its contribution to the development of new musicals,

having launched over 130 new works to date. Village Theatre also takes pride in

nurturing tomorrow’s audiences through its youth education programs, Pied Piper

and KIDSTAGE, serving over 54,000 young people, families, and schools annually

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