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Audition: The Foreigner


The Foreigner

By Larry Shue

Directed by Courtney Woolard

Show Dates:
May 31st - June 16th, 2024
Audition Dates:
  • Saturday, March 30th at 6PM
  • Sunday, March 31st at 6pm

The scene is a fishing lodge in rural Georgia often visited by “Froggy” LeSueur, a British demolition expert who occasionally runs training sessions at a nearby army base. This time “Froggy” has brought along a friend, a pathologically shy young man named Charlie who is overcome with fear at the thought of making conversation with strangers. So “Froggy,” before departing, tells all assembled that Charlie is from an exotic foreign country and speaks no English.

Once alone the fun really begins, as Charlie overhears more than he should—the evil plans of a sinister, two-faced minister and his redneck associate; the fact that the minister’s pretty fiancée is pregnant; and many other damaging revelations made with the thought that Charlie doesn’t understand a word being said. That he does fuels the nonstop hilarity of the play and sets up the wildly funny climax in which things go uproariously awry for the “bad guys,” and the “good guys” emerge triumphant.

Winner of two Obie Awards and two Outer Critics Circle Awards as Best New American Play and Best Off-Broadway Production. An inspired comic romp, equal in inventive hilarity to the author’s classic comedy The Nerd, the present play enjoyed a sold-out premiere in Milwaukee before moving on to a long run Off-Broadway. Based on what the NY Post describes as a “devilishly clever idea,” the play demonstrates what can happen when a group of devious characters must deal with a stranger who (they think) knows no English.

“Something funny is going on in Milwaukee—to the delight of audiences at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater.” —Variety. “I laughed start to finish at one comic surprise after another.” —The New Yorker. “…a constant invitation to relax and laugh at the foolishness of life…” —Village Voice. “Shue’s comedy is positively antic, yet pleasantly seasoned with a few dashes of sentimentality…He has raided comedy’s storehouse…” —Bergen Record.

Audition Requirements

  • No monologue is necessary. The audition will consist of cold readings from the script.
  • A headshot and resume are recommended but not required.
  • Please bring a detailed list of conflicts for the next 3 months.


  • Sgt Froggy LeSueur

    30s – 50s. British military, has a spirit of adventure, Cockney accent.

  • Charlie Baker

    30s – 50s. “The Foreigner”, quiet, a bit lost, British accent.

  • Betty Meeks

    70+. A chatterbox, very energetic, very Southern, everyone’s southern Appalachian grandmother.

  • Reverend David Marshall Lee

    30s – 40s. A “regular fella” not a backslapping evangelist or pallid divinity student, humorous and open, “a good man to have on our side.”

  • Catherine Simms

    20s – 30s. A formidable former debutante, engaged to David, heiress to a family fortune.

  • Owen Musser

    40s – 50s. “Psychologists tell us to beware of a man with two tattoos. One, he may have gotten drunk or on a dare. But two means he went back. Owen is a two-tattoo man.”, mean, Georgia property inspector.

  • Ellard Sims

    20s – 30s. Catherine’s younger brother, lumpy, overgrown, and simple.

This project is being supported in whole or in part, by federal award number 21.027 awarded to the City of Knoxville by the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Arts & Culture Alliance