Frances Sternhagen Joins Broderick in Foreigner Revival

News   Frances Sternhagen Joins Broderick in Foreigner Revival Frances Sternhagen will play Betty Meeks, the eccentric owner of the Georgia lodge where Matthew Broderick's Charlie Baker stays in the upcoming Off-Broadway Roundabout Theatre Company staging of Larry Shue's The Foreigner.
Frances Sternhagen
Frances Sternhagen

The production is set to begin at the Laura Pels Theatre Oct. 15 and will open Nov. 7 for a limited run through Jan. 2, 2005. Scott Schwartz (Golda's Balcony) directs. Larry Shue's farce, The Foreigner, is about an Englishman (Broderick) who discovers many secrets while on holiday under the guise of a foreigner who knows no English.

Broderick won Tony nods for his turns in Brighton Beach Memoirs and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Other credits include Biloxi Blues, Night Must Fall, Taller Than a Dwarf, On Valentine's Day, Torch Song Trilogy and The Widow Claire.

Sternhagen was last on Broadway in the 2002 revival of Morning's at Seven. She won Tony Awards for The Heiress and The Good Doctor. She is currently starring in The Echoes of War at Off-Broadway Mint Theatre Company.

The design team for The Foreigner features Anna Louizos (sets), David Murin (costumes) and Pat Collins (lights).

Larry Shue, a New Orleans native, first found fame as a playwright at Milwaukee Repertory Theatre. He died prematurely in an airplane accident in the 1985, but not before two of his scripts, The Nerd and The Foreigner, were established as hits. Both enjoyed successful New York runs—The Foreigner Off-Broadway, The Nerd on Broadway—and have since been produced countless times in the regions.

Jerry Zaks directed The Foreigner Off-Broadway, where it ran nearly two years at the Astor Place Theatre. Anthony Heald played Charlie. Shue himself played the supporting role of "Froggy" LaSueur. Also in the cast were future playwright Robert Schenkkan, Patricia Kalember, Kevin Geer and, in a bit part, Donna Bullock.

Scott Schwartz directed the play in 2002 at the Berkshire Theatre Festival. Peter Scolari starred.