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Broadway playwright Brian Yorkey directs 'The Foreigner' at Village Theatre

Angela DiMarco as Catherine Simms, Eric Ray Anderson as Own Musser and Patrick Phillips as Froggy LeSueur.   - Courtesy Photo, Copyright Mark Kitaoka, property of Village Theatre.
Angela DiMarco as Catherine Simms, Eric Ray Anderson as Own Musser and Patrick Phillips as Froggy LeSueur.
— image credit: Courtesy Photo, Copyright Mark Kitaoka, property of Village Theatre.

“The Foreigner” opened to Village Theatre audiences Thursday, beginning a six-week run of the Larry Shue written comedy at the the company’s Issaquah playhouse.

First opening in New York City in 1984, “The Foreigner” follows a distraught Charlie Baker (Erik Gratton, in a debut performance) on a fishing trip to rural Georgia. Worried about his wife’s health, Charlie is unwilling to talk to anyone. His friend Staff Sergeant Froggy LeSueur (Patrick Phillips) tells the owner of their lodge Charlie is a foreigner who speaks no English. Charlie is shocked and intrigued to discover what people reveal when they think no one can understand them.

Returning once again to direct is Issaquah native son and Broadway playwright Brian Yorkey. Yorkey is perhaps best known for writing the rock musical “Next to Normal,” which won three Tony Awards in 2009, and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. In the past decade, Yorkey has directed 12 shows for Village Theatre, including “Jesus Christ Superstar” and “Lost in Yonkers.”

Joining the cast are Eric Ray Anderson, Angela DiMarco, Jonathan Crimeni, Sharva Maynard and Anthony Lee Phillips.

“The Foreigner” will run in Issaquah through March 2, before beginning a run at the Everett playhouse through March 30. Tickets are on sale now. Showtimes and admission can be found at villagetheatre.org.

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