Joel: Please introduce yourself and tell our readers where they may have seen you perform before on our local stages.
Marc: My name is Marc Rehr.
Why did you want to become a member of the cast of The Foreigner?
I wanted to return to act in the Gaithersburg area, from where I moved a few years ago to Ellicott City, too far to drive. Now in Laurel, the trip is doable again. Hey, some folks spend their retirement savings on beer, some on Italian sports cars. Me, it’s gas to rehearsals. Also, it would give me the chance to use my thick southern accent, which I last used in 2012 playing a part at the Vagabonds for which you nice D. C. Metro Theatre Arts people bestowed a “best actor” award on me.
Who do you play in the show and how do you relate to this character?
Evil Owen Musser. I’ve always enjoyed playing the bad guy, as it is such a stretch from my brilliant, witty and charming personality. Oh, and humble, did I mention humble?
What were some of the challenges you faced while learning your role and how did Director Bruce Hirsch help you with these challenges?
The play is replete with foreshadowing and Bruce picked up all of them. Several times at rehearsal I’ve said “I never made that connection,thanks.”
What does The Foreigner have to say to today’s audiences?
Did you ever hear about the philosophy that there are only about ten different plot categories in the entire history of theatre? This is your basic good vs evil comedy
Which character is most like you and why and how?
Betty, the lodge owner. I’d rather not discuss that here.
What are your favorite lines that you recite and your favorite lines that other characters recite in The Foreigner?
My best line is the most evil . . “We gonna get rid of all you dummy boys, black boys, Jew boys…” As for the other characters, none of their lines are as cool as mine ( see “humble” reference above.). For the record, my Bar Mitzvah was Feb 28, 1959.
Where are you appearing next on the stage after The Foreigner ends its run?
I will be juror number 1 in Twelve Angry Men with the Pasadena players in June. (Pasadena, Maryland, readers; not the Pasadena Playhouse in California. I wish.)
What do you want audiences members to take away with them after seeing you perform in The Foreigner?
A little chuckle, of course. A satisfied feeling after enjoying giving me a “boo – hiss” at the curtain call, and of course, their trash and cellophane candy wrappers.
The Foreigner plays from May 13-29, 2016 at Sandy Spring Theatre Group performing at The Gaithersburg Arts Barn – 311 Kent Square Road, in Gaithersburg, MD. For tickets, call the box office at (301) 258-6394, or purchase them online.
Meet The Cast of Sandy Spring Theatre Group’s ‘The Foreigner’ Part 1: Rob Milanich.
Meet the Cast of ‘The Foreigner’ at Sandy Spring Theatre Group’s Part 2: Paul Noga.
Meet the Cast of Sandy Spring Theatre Group’s ‘The Foreigner’ Part 3: Marc Rehr.