The Foreigner

The Foreigner, a play by Larry Shue, ran in Dodge City from February 18 – 28, 1988. The scene is set in a resort-style fishing lodge in rural Georgia.  This comedy revolves around two of its guests, Charlie Baker (Kelly Carroll) and Englishman Staff Sergeant Froggy LeSueur (Jim Johnson). Charlie is so pathologically shy that he is unable to speak. As way of explanation, Froggy claims his companion is the native of an exotic country who did not understand a word of English. Before long, Charlie finds himself privy to assorted secrets and scandals freely discussed in front of him by the other visitors. These include a spoiled but introspective heiress and Southern belle Catherine Simms (Jill Austen) and the man to whom she is somewhat reluctantly engaged (and pregnant by) the Reverend David Lee (Rick Matticks), a seemingly humble preacher with a dark underside. Her younger brother, Ellard (KC Trauer), a chubby and somewhat “slow” boy (often thought of as a young Forrest Gump) was a simpleton who tried to teach Charlie how to speak English. Owen Musser (Greg Smith), the racist county property inspector, planned to oust property owner Betty Meeks (Carolyn Johnson) and convert the lodge into a meeting place for the Ku Klux Klan.

(Cast:  Greg Smith, KC Trauer, Carolyn Johnson, Kelly Carroll, Jill Austen, Rick Matticks, Jim Johnson)

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