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May 26-30: 'The Foreigner' Opens Summer Theatre Season

Comedy will be presented in the Andreas Theatre.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Theatre & Dance News Release, 4-30-2015

Mankato, Minn. -- The Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Theatre & Dance will present the Larry Shue comedy “The Foreigner” as the opening show of its 49th annual season May 26-30 in the Andreas Theatre of the Earley Center for Performing Arts. This production is made possible by the General Mills Gift Matching Program.

When “Froggy” LeSeuer brings his friend, Charlie, to a fishing lodge in rural Georgia he has no expectations about his shy friend. When “Froggy” leaves his friend behind, however, he tells everyone there that Charlie is from an exotic foreign country and speaks no English. Feeling they are safe speaking their mind among this awkward foreigner, those at the lodge inadvertently share things with him that take Charlie from hilarity to concern.

“The Foreigner” is being directed by Susan Vee Hansen, a 2009 Department of Theatre & Dance MFA acting graduate who has taught at Riverland Community College for 10 years and Metro State University in Minneapolis for three. While here she appeared in “Enchanted April,” “Lysistrata” and “The History Boys,” as well as “Plaza Suite” in Highland Summer Theatre 2009 and “On Golden Pond” for HST 2010. “The Foreigner” was presented as part of HST 1991.

The role of “Froggy” is being played by Matthew Stairs, a senior MFA musical theatre candidate who last year was seen as Gaston in “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” and John Wilkes Booth in “Assassins,” earning Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship nominations for both. He was also in “boom” in the Studio season. Charlie is portrayed by Michael Turner, a senior BFA acting candidate who transferred from North Hennepin Community College. Last year he appeared as Heck Tate in “To Kill A Mockingbird,” Clotaldo in “Life Is A Dream” and Major General Stanley in “The Pirates of Penzance.” The rest of the cast includes MFA acting alum Lolly Foy, BFA musical theatre alum Jake McInerney and spring BFA acting graduate Kendra Verhage.

Tickets for “The Foreigner” are $16 regular, $14 discounted (seniors, youth and groups of 15 or more) and $11 for current Minnesota State Mankato students. They are available online at and at the Theatre & Dance Box Office during regular box office hours, 4-6 p.m. Monday-Friday. Call 507-389-6661. A season subscription, including a ticket to “The Foreigner,” “Xanadu,” “Doubt” and “The Addams Family,” is $66 and available through May 30.

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