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The Valley Playhouse

Harrisonburg's Community Theater

ABOUT US

Welcome to the Valley Playhouse, the premier live theater for Harrisonburg and Rockingham County. The Valley Playhouse was founded in 1966 by a group of James Madison University faculty members from the departments of Theater and Speech Communication. They were known as the Valley Players. Plays were performed in different venues until the mid-1990s when the group renovated a building at 111 East Water Street. Learn more about our history on our About Us page!

AUDITIONS: THE FOREIGNER BY LARRY SHUE

The Valley Playhouse is excited to announce open auditions for their Spring show: The Foreigner by Larry Shue.

Directed by Stephen Winegard.

Auditions are Monday January 23rd and Wednesday January 25th from 6:30-8:30pm. Audition location will be Park View Mennonite Church, 1600 College Ave in Harrisonburg. You do not need to attend both audition days. Auditions will consist of reading from sides from the script. Please fill out the audition form prior to auditions. 

Rehearsals will begin January 30th and run Monday-Thursday from 6:30-8:30pm at Park View Mennonite Church. Not all actors will be called to every rehearsal until closer to opening.

Show Dates: March 23rd-26th and March 30th-April 2nd and will be held at Court Square Theater in downtown Harrisonburg.

Synopsis
The scene is a fishing lodge in rural Georgia often visited by "Froggy" LeSeuer, 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 plan of a sinister, two-faced minister and his redneck associate; the fact that the minister's pretty fiancé 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.

Through special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

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