The Johnson County Community Theatre of Mountain City will present the “The Foreigner” by Larry Shue as its next production. Performance dates for this classic comedy are June 21-23 and June 28-29.
The play has been performed on Broadway, starring Matthew Broderick as the foreigner, Charlie Baker. Broderick was busy this summer, so JCCT president, Ray Branch, will be portraying Charlie in this production. Judy Walsh will be directing and playing the part of Betty Meeks.
Several other local folks will be adding their talents to this endearing and funny play. They include Ryan Whitener as Froggy, Jacob McGlamery as the Rev. David Lee, Brooklynne Dunn as Catherine Simms, David Wilson as Ellard Simms and Dean Whitworth as Owen Musser.
The action takes place in a resort style fishing lodge in rural Georgia, with the plot revolving around the visit of two guests, Englishmen Charlie Baker and Staff Sergeant Froggy LeSueur. Naturally shy, Charlie is also depressed because his beloved wife may be dying and doesn’t want to have to talk to anyone. To help his friend, Froggy tells Betty Meeks, who owns the lodge, that Charlie is the native of an exotic country who does not understand a word of English. Betty, who has never traveled, is delighted to cater to a stranger who is “as foreign as the day is long.”
At first, Charlie is appalled by Froggy’s fabrication, but before long, he finds himself privy to assorted secrets and scandals freely discussed in front of him by the other visitors. These include the spoiled but introspective heiress and Southern belle, Catherine Simms, and the man to whom she is somewhat reluctantly engaged, the Rev. David Lee, a seemingly good-natured preacher with a dark side. Her brother, Ellard, is a simpleton who tries to “teach” Charlie how to speak English. Owen Musser, the racist county property inspector, plans to oust Betty and convert the lodge into a meeting place for the Ku Klux Klan.
It’s non-stop hilarity, as Charlie becomes the center of the others’ attention. In the wildly funny climax, things go uproariously wrong for “the bad guys” and “the good guys “ emerge triumphant.
Come join in the fun at historic Heritage Hall in Mountain City, Tennessee. “The Foreigner” will be performed at 7 p.m. on June 21, 22, 28 and 29. There will also be a Sunday matinee performance at 2:30 p.m. on June 23.
Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door and $5 for youth under 18. Call the box office at 727-7444 for tickets and more information.