Have you ever felt like a stranger in a place you didn't belong? Perhaps you
just didn't speak the language? Well, you should feel right at home as
Jacksonville State University's drama department presents "The Foreigner."
Charlie Baker and Froggy LeSueur are two Englishmen headed to a Georgia
fishing lodge for a vacation. Froggy is a guest instructor for the Army and good
friends with Charlie, who needs this vacation to help cope with the stress of a
dying wife back home.
"Charlie is very shy, not very sociable and nervous around crowds," said Chad
Miller, who plays Charlie. "After Froggy (played by Chris Whetstone) encourages
him to become 'the foreigner' to avoid much attention, he accepts and creates
his own language … since he is, in actuality foreign to those in Georgia."
This is where the fun begins. Since the other guests at the lodge believe
Charlie doesn't understand English, they unsuspectingly spill their secrets to
his 'foreign' ears, such as a plot to buy the lodge from the elderly Betty Meeks
and turn it into a meeting place for the Ku Klux Klan.
"(The play) makes fun of narrow-minded situations that include color and
ethics, or every other situation that people poke fun at, even the poor," said
Jerry Ballew, who plays Owen Musser, a racist antagonist in the play. "This is
really a play that should help you look at people for who they are. It's good
for morale, shows how stupid racism can be and the problems that can arise when
people don't look within themselves and have an open mind."
"The Foreigner" takes off as what Denise Bradbury-Shaw, who plays lodge owner
Meeks, describes as "Tight, from beginning to end — so make sure you pay close
attention before you miss something. There are not a lot of scene changes, and
the characters drive the plot."
"The Foreigner" opens tonight at the Ernest Stone Performing Arts Center on
the JSU campus.
What: JSU drama department comedy
When: Tonight, Friday,
Saturday 7 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.
Where: Ernest Stone Performing Arts
How much: $9 adults, $7 seniors and JSU
personnel, $5 students and military
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