Classic American Comedy The Foreigner to open on Main Stage at Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival; In Repertory with Henry V

by Lisa Higgins | Jul 06, 2015

PA Shakespeare presents The Foreigner

A “real, live foreigner” creates hilarious misunderstandings while delivering heartwarming laughter in Larry Shue’s award-winning comedy, The Foreigner, in the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival’s production previewing July 8 and 9 and opening Friday, July 10.

PA Shakespeare presents The ForeignerPlaying on the Main Stage through August 2, the production features the same repertory cast performing in Henry V.

Madcap mischief ensues when a diverse cast of characters meet in Betty Meek’s Fishing Lodge Resort in Georgia. Sgt. “Froggy” LeSueur, a British munitions expert, PSF veteran Carl N. Wallnau, insists on bringing his pathologically shy friend Charlie Baker, played by Jacob Dresch, across the pond for a vacation.

The widowed innkeeper, Betty, Jane Ridley, is thrilled to meet someone from another country—even when Froggy tells her that Charlie does not speak English and should not be asked questions.

The cast includes a real-life married couple with extensive PSF credits playing an engaged couple: Emmy-nominee Marnie Schulenburg, who portrays the Southern debutante Catherine Simms, and Zack Robidas (It’s Complicated, Arbitrage), who plays the Rev. David Marshall Lee.

David Button appears as Catherine’s younger brother, Ellard Simms, who’s presumed not to be the sharpest tool in the shed. The county property inspector with designs on the resort, Owen Musser, is Anthony Lawton, whose many PSF credits include twice portraying the clown Feste in Twelfth Night. The ensemble includes Philadelphia actors William Zielinski and Brian McCann, and Emmy winner Wayne S. Turney.

Long-time PSF actor and director Jim Helsinger, who directed last year’s Lend Me a Tenor, leads a creative team that includes six-time Emmy winner Bob Phillips, set designer; Marla Jurglanis, costumes; Thom Weaver, lights; Kristian Dereck Ball, sound. Jane Ridley serves as dialect coach and Alison Hassman as production stage manager.

Breslin Ridyard Fadero Architects is production sponsor for The Foreigner; co-sponsors are Bazzini and Keenan-Nagle Advertising, Inc.

The show runs July 8- August 2 on the Main Stage in repertory with Henry V.

            Preview: Wed. July 8, 8pm
            Preview: Thu., July 9, 8pm
            Opening: Fri., July 10, 8pm
            Tue. July 14, 7pm
            Wed., July 15, 8pm
            Sun., July 19, 2pm
            Wed. July 22, 8pm
            Fri., July 24, 8pm
            Sat., July 25, 8pm
            Sun., July 26, 2pm & 7:30pm
            Tue., July 28, 7pm
            Thu., July 30, 8pm
            Sat., Aug. 1, 2pm, Audio Description for patrons who are visually impaired.
            Sun., Aug. 2, 7:30pm

Amaranth Foundation is the 2015 season sponsor. Associate season sponsors are the Szarko Family, Harry C. Trexler Trust, Dr. James and Penny Pantano, and Linda Lapos and Paul Wirth.

The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, a professional company in residence at DeSales University, is the Official Shakespeare Festival of the Commonwealth and a professional, not-for-profit theatre company. An independent 501 c 3 organization, PSF receives support from DeSales University and relies on contributions from individuals, government agencies, corporations and foundations.

PSF is a constituent of the Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for the American theatre, and a member of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, the Shakespeare Theatre Association, the Lehigh Valley Arts Council, and Discover Lehigh Valley.

For tickets, call 610.282.WILL [9455] or go online to

The Festival’s 24th season continues with Around the World in 80 Days (through July 12); Henry V (July 16- August 2); Pericles (July 22- August 2); Shakespeare for Kids (July 22- August 1) and Rapunzel (through August 1).

One night events include Jeremiah James performing a special concert, Choose Love, on Monday, July 27, at 7:30pm on the Main Stage. James recently played Javert in PSF’s record-breaking production of Les Misérables.

Tickets are available by calling 610.282.9455, or online at

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