The Foreigner
by Austin Playhouse

May. 22 - Jun. 22, 2014

Everyone’s favorite fish-out-of-water comedy returns to Austin!

Austin Playhouse is proud to present one of the funniest comedies ever written. Shy Englishman Charlie Baker has a hard time speaking to strangers.  To help him out, his gregarious friend “Froggy” LeSeur tells the residents of a rural fishing lodge that Charlie is a foreigner who doesn’t understand English.  Assuming their secrets are safe, chaos ensues when Charlie overhears dastardly plots involving the residents of Betty Meeks’ lodge! Hailed as "a charming comedy about the magic of kindness" by Chicago Theater Beat, The Foreigner is chock full of hilarious slapstick and witty wordplay.

Following its premiere in Milwaukee, the play opened on November 1, 1984 atNew York City'sAstor Place Theatrewhere it ran for 686 performances. The play eventually won twoObie Awardsand twoOuter Critics Circle Awards, including Best New American Play and Best Off-Broadway Production. Larry Shue died in a plane crash the following year.  On November 7, 2004, a Roundabout Theatre Company revival opened for a ten-week run at theoff-BroadwayLaura Pels Theatre.

The Foreigner features Austin Playhouse Acting Company members Stephen Mercantel (Ellard Simms), Jason Newman (Rev. David Marshall Lee), Lara Toner (Catherine Simms), David Stahl (Charlie Baker), Michael Stuart (“Froggy” LeSeur), and Cyndi Williams (Betty Meeks), with Lowell Bartholomee (Owen Musser).   Direction by Don Toner, lighting design by Don Day and sound design by Joel Mercado-See.

The Austin Playhouse 2014-2015 Season will be announced on opening night of The Foreigner, Friday, May 23, 2014.

Austin Playhouse is a professional theatre currently performing its 14th season. Under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Don Toner and Artistic Director Lara Toner Haddock, Austin Playhouse has grown from a three-play season on the campus of Concordia University to a year-round operation producing an average of eight plays a year. Austin Playhouse is currently planning to build its own two-venue performance space in the heart of the new Mueller Redevelopment Town Center, adjacent to the new Austin Children’s Museum.

The Foreigner
by Larry Shue
Austin Playhouse

May 22 - June 22, 2014
Austin Playhouse
6001 Airport Boulevard
Austin, TX, 78752

May 23-June 22, 2013: Thursdays–Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 5 p.m.

TICKETS: $28 Thursday/Friday, $30 Saturday/Sunday, $35 Opening Night
BOX OFFICE: 512.476.0084 or online at:

All student tickets are half-price. $3 discount for Seniors 65 and up; on THURSDAYS Limited Pick-Your-Price Rush tickets will be available at the box office one hour prior to show-time for each Thursday performance.