Award-winning comedy to open December 5-8

Award-winning comedy to open December 5-8 USD Theatre will produce Larry Shue's award-winning comedy The Foreigner Dec. 5-8 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. in the Wayne S. Knutson Theatre of the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts.

Winner of Obie Awards and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best New American Play and Best Off-Broadway Production in 1985, The Foreigner is another comic romp by the author of The Nerd.

The Foreigner is set in a fishing lodge in rural Georgia where "Froggy" LeSeuer, a British demolition expert, often stays while leading training sessions at a nearby army base. This time Froggy brings along a friend, a pathologically shy young man named Charlie who is overcome with fear at the thought of making conversation with strangers.

To cover for his shortcoming, Charlie is introduced as a foreigner who speaks no English. The fun begins when Froggy leaves Charlie to fend for himself. Misunderstandings and deceptions surface as Charlie overhears much more than he should and gets increasingly entwined in the hilariously bizarre action.

Allen Goodroad, a freshman from Sioux Falls, plays Froggy, while Michael Javorsky, a sophomore from Creighton, NE, assumes the role of Charlie. Betty Meeks, proprietor of the fishing lodge, is played by Emily Firman, a graduate student from Flandreau.

Shane Sather, Watertown, plays the Reverend David Marshall Lee, a visiting minister who hatches an evil scheme with Owen Musser, a redneck played by Sam Williams, Yankton. Martha Crouse, Morris, MN, plays the minister's fiancee, Catherine Simms, while Mitch Hess, Watertown, plays her dim-witted brother, Ellard Simms.

A collection of townspeople includes Sarah Bauer, Rapid City, Adam Calhoon, White River, Michelle Peters, Columbus, NE, and Jamie Wooley, Sioux City, IA.

Roberta Rude directs the action while Tim Case, Linda Scribner, and Dennis Chandler design sets, costumes, and lights, respectively.

Tickets to The Foreigner are $8 for adults, $6 for senior citizens (62+) and youth, and $1 for USD students with ID. Reservations can be made by calling the USD Theatre box office at (605) 677-5400.

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