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February 20, 2014

CCP revives ‘The Foreigner’

CROSSVILLE — It’s the most requested title — and the most popular production — in Playhouse history, and Feb. 28 through May 22, Cumberland County Playhouse brings The Foreigner back to the Mainstage! Since its 1983 premiere, The Foreigner has earned two Obie Awards and two Outer Critics Circle Awards as Best New American Play and Best Off-Broadway Production. In Larry Shue’s hilarious farce, painfully shy Charlie Baker (Jason Ross) visits a fishing lodge in Georgia with his friend Froggy LeSeuer (Michael Ruff), a British demolitions expert who runs training sessions at a nearby army base. Terrified of actually having to converse with strangers once Froggy departs, Charlie adopts the persona of a foreigner who doesn’t understand English. When the other residents of the lodge begin to speak freely around him, he not only becomes privy to secrets both frivolous and dangerous, he also discovers an adventurous extrovert within himself.

Directed by Weslie Webster, The Foreigner features performances by Carol Irvin as the lodge’s owner Betty Meeks, Lauren Marshall as former debutante Catherine Simms, who’s visiting with her brother Ellard (Daniel Black) and fiancé Reverend David Lee (Britt Hancock) and Bobby Taylor who plays disreputable local Owen Musser.

The Foreigner is rated G and is co-sponsored by Crossville Tile Outlet and Beltone Hearing Aid Centers. Tickets are available by calling 931-484-5000 or by visiting http://www.ccplayhouse.com.

Currently at the Playhouse are The Dixie Swim Club (rated PG, sponsored by Happy Hound Realty), through March 21, and the iconic '50s musical Grease (rated PG, co-sponsored by Mariner’s Pointe Resort and Cumberland Medical Center), through March 9. Tickets and information are also available for Southern Stars Symphonic Brass and other events. All CCP productions are made possible through sponsor support, with additional support provided by the Tennessee Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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