Monday, October 07, 2013

the foreigner | from the script

There is a little treat in the script for THE FOREIGNER that your average audience member will miss out on completely. Hidden in Larry Shue's script are some of the best descriptions of the characters and settings a person could ask for. Here is a taste of a few of them.

Describing the setting:

"Though we wouldn't know it from the first two dialects, this is Tilghman County, Georgia, USA - two hours by good road south out of Atlanta, then pull off at Cooley's Food and Bait and call for directions. ... The county residents are about equally divided between the very poor - old folks, mostly, who live in hillside dwellings which we might call makeshift before we learned that some of them have been in use for a hundred years - and the very rich, who have bought up most of the lakeside property, erected split level homes, and put down sod lawns, some of which the owners even mow themselves, enjoying the rough life. Debutantes from the city, recently and happily past virginity, are here, too, with nervous beaux, brought in on the sly while Daddy and Mama are off at the convention."

Describing Owen:

“Psychologists tell us to beware of a man with two tattoos. One, he may have gotten on a drunk or a dare. But two means he went back. Owen is a two-tattoo man.”

On Ellard and Charlie's first meeting:

"Ellard’s idea of paying Charlie no mind is to stare at him as though he were a unicorn."

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