By Julio Avila
A live performance of “The Foreigner” will be taking place at the college throughout mid-November. It is a play about two British men, who come a long, long way from home to a remote fishing village in Georgia.
At this point, with the mention of British men coming to America, the phrase “long, long way from home”, and the title in itself, you may be thinking about the band “Foreigner”. Sadly, it is not they who will be performing. Do not confuse the name of the band with the play that is actually called “The Foreigner”.
“The Foreigner” is a comedic play performed in two acts and is written by Larry Shueand and is a play about a British demolition expert name Staff Sergeant Froggy LeSueur and his friend Charlie Baker who is also British but is going through a state of depression because of his wife’s frail state and his case of shyness around people approaching him trying to engage in conversation with him. He refuses to utter one word to these strangers, hence why he is referred to as a foreigner due to LaSueur creating the excuse because of his nearly non-existant willingness to want to talk.
This play made its debut in January, 1983 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and would be produced in the Astor Place Theater the following year in New York City where it would keep playing even after Shue’s death in 1985. The play has been a success in that it went on to win two Obie Awards and two Outer Critics Circle Awards in the categories of Best New American Play and Best Off-Broadway Production
For those who want to enjoy a performance involving comedy, drama, and struggles, this is the play to watch. Performances for this play are Nov 14, 15, 16, 17, 23 and 24 at 8:00 p.m. and Nov 18 and 25 at 2:00 p.m in the Shea Theater adjacent to the Islip Arts Building.
Tickets are on sale at no cost to students (General Admission: $12, non-Suffolk students, children, and seniors: $11.00). Students can purchase tickets on the schools online box office website: https://www.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?e=68cfaee0b4f0d8e2b07ea1b0e9d4437f&t=tix