Brian Yorkey Directs THE FOREIGNER @ Village Theatre
January 7, 2014
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Thursday January 23, 7:30pm
Friday March 7, 8pm
Yorkey Returns Home from Broadway
to Direct The Foreigner
Tickets on Sale Now.
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.
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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