Saturday, April 26, 2008

Foreigner Press Release

Just got this from Glen:

For Immediate Release
Contact 801-347-7373

The Empress Theatre
announces its upcoming production of The
by Larry Shue

A longtime Wasatch front favorite is the next show on the slate for The Empress
Theatre in Magna. (9104 West 2700 South)

Larry Shue’s The Foreigner tells the tale of 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 evil plans of a sinister, two-faced minister
and his redneck associate; the fact that the minister's pretty fiancée is
pregnant; and many other damaging revelations made with the thought that Charlie
doesn't understand a word being said. That he does fuels the nonstop hilarity of
the play and sets up the wildly funny climax in which things go uproariously
awry for the "bad guys," and the "good guys" emerge triumphant.

The Foreigner is directed by Porter Williams, and the cast includes Geoff
Richards as Charlie, along with David Chapman as Ellard, and Larry Webb as
Froggy. The cast is rounded out with Joan Johnson as Betty, Erin Fair as
Catherine, Jim Schroeder as Owen and John Peckam as David. Sets are
designed by Ty Williams with Douglas Nelson serving as Technical

The Foreigner opens on May 9th and runs through June 9th. Performances are at
7:00pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays. Tickets for Fridays and
Saturdays are $9.00 for Children under 12, $10 for Students and seniors, and $11
for all others. Tickets for Monday nights and any matinees (if added) are
only $8.50 per person. Reservations may be made by calling the Empress at
801-347-7373, or by purchasing online at

Be sure to purchase your tickets early for this sure-fire family comedy that has
more twists and turns than a corkscrew

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