Broadway Performer Eric Sciotto Returns to Direct "The Foreigner"
Veteran Broadway performer Eric Sciotto returns to the SRDS Performing Arts Center to direct The Foreigner, a hilarious and timely comedy by American playwright Larry Shue on December 8th & 9th.
The Foreigner is a fun, two-act comedy that takes place in a fishing lodge in rural Tilghman County, Georgia where two Englishmen, Froggy and Charlie, arrive as guests. The shy Charlie agreed to accompany Froggy on the trip after his sick wife begged him to go. When people at the lodge try to talk to Charlie, however, he remains silent; he is terribly shy depressed about his wife’s illness, and cannot find the words to reply. Froggy claims that Charlie cannot talk because he is a “foreigner” from an exotic country, and does not understand English. Taking the explanation that he’s a non-English speaker as fact, the lodge’s guests quickly begin revealing their secrets, and Charlie soon discovers scandals amongst some of the residents of the lodge.
The strong ensemble piece features KJ Herwig ’18 as Charlie Baker, Luke Klasman ’19 as S.Sgt. “Froggy” LeSueur, Alana Malanga ’19 as Betty Meeks, Jacob Krawitz ’18 as the Rev. David Marshall Lee, Jessica Mingalone, ’19 as Catherine Simms, Brandon Gorodokin ’18 as Owen Musser and Alex Garza ’18 as Ellery Simms.
Eric Sciotto, who recently appeared in Broadway’s Something Rotten, is passionate about the benefits a theatre program brings to students. “Working with the students of SRDS to make plays and musicals come alive has been an exciting experience. Nothing is more thrilling to me than seeing a person push past a boundary, grow in ways they didn’t know possible and discover more about themselves in the process. Theatre touches people. It may be the story itself or something a character is going through, a poignant moment in a song, a memory of a person from another time or a moment that is so relevant to what the audience member is going through at that very time in their lives. There is no prediction about what may cause that connection but the gift of theatre is to allow an artist the opportunity to break through and connect with their audience. Working with students, watching them rise to the occasion and understand the importance of their work is what fuels my heart and my spirit. It is why, after 12 Broadway shows and 20 years of performing, I keep coming back for more.”
Sciotto will return to direct the American rock musical Bat Boy: The Musicalby Keythe Farley and Brian Flemming with music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe based on a June 23, 1992 Weekly World News story about a half-boy, half-bat, dubbed “Bat Boy,” who grew up living in a cave. The show will run in the SRDS Performing Arts Center for three consecutive dates: March 2, 3 and 4.