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The Stevensville Playhouse is presenting the witty comedy "The Foreigner" for two weekends starting Dec. 7.

Director Dean Diers said "The Foreigner" written by Larry Shue is humorous play that is a character study.

“It is about people looking beyond their circumstances in times of crisis and being imaginative and coming up with creative solutions to difficult life situations, in a humorous and intelligent way,” he said. “It is a look at how people stereotype people and how people can rise beyond that and beyond their circumstances. That’s what I appreciate about the play — we see sides of characters develop in ways we don’t anticipate.”

Diers has been a long–time actor at the Stevensville Playhouse who is transitioning into the role of director. He directed “The Mousetrap” last spring.

“I love directing,” Diers said. “We have a really good cast and I’m at the point where I mostly just get out of their way as they are fantastically creative people.”

Diers saw this production in Bend, Oregon, ten years ago when his son played Owen.

“He did a great job and the part of Owen is well played in this production as well, it is my favorite role,” Diers said. “It is broadly drawn and given strong performances.”

"The Foreigner" cast consists of seven adults — Susan Doverspiker as Betty Meeks; April Floyd as Catherine Simms; Jerry Hoover as Froggy; Dave Best as Charlie; Gus Laursen as David; Jalen Sturgill as Ellard; and Russ Bargabos as Owen.

“It is a small cast with an intimate feel, you can get into the characters,” Diers said. “The woman who is playing Betty is from the south and she is just doing such a great job that I’ve really grown to like that part as well. There are some great characters in the show.”

"The Foreigner" crew includes Dean Diers — director; Deb Goslin and Benjamin Eckert — assistant directors; Karen Wandler — costumes; Jim McCauley, Audrey Sturgill and Kyslei Williams — tech; and Benjamin Eckert, Zach Mattijetz, Arnie and Teri Kirschenheiter, Deb Goslin, Jim and Susan McCauley — set.

“The play is set in a part of the world that we don’t see very often and asks some relevant questions,” Diers said. “It is humorous play about people who are creative. The audience will love it. It is well played, we have a strong cast and I think the people will appreciate the humorous look at people responding creatively to new circumstances.”

"The Foreigner" starts at 7:30 p.m. tonight and will run through Dec. 16. Productions are at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays. The Stevensville Playhouse is at 319 Main St. in Stevensville. For more information visit www.stevensvilleplayhouse.org, call 406-777-2722 or email info@stevensvilleplayhouse.org. The box office opens an hour and a half before show time.

Diers said he thanks Bitterroot Valley residents for supporting performing arts.

“It is always nice to see the support whether it is for this show, chorale works or the performing arts center,” he said. “We see a lot of support for the performing arts here and I appreciate that.”

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