THE OTHER COUNTRY - THEATRICAL PRODUCTION - August 10-13
The Other Country - The Story of Thea & Andrew Foss
First remembered as the character Annie Brennan in a series of stories in the Saturday Evening Post in the late 1920's, Thea Foss came to America's notice in film and TV as "Tugboat Annie" between 1930 and 1950. In 2006, local filmmakers Nancy Bourne Haley and Lucy Ostrander researched and co-produced a film, Finding Thea about this remarkable woman and her Norway-to-the-Pacific-Northwest saga.
In 2009 the film was aired on Norwegian national television and caught the attention of playwright Kristin Lyhmann, who was inspired to write Det Andre Landet -- The Other Country, a play that tells the story of Thea and Andrew Foss from the vantage point of their native Norway. In summer, 2015, the play was produced in Foss's homeland in SE Norway outside Skiptvet. Nancy Bourne Haley and Foss's great-granddaughter Leslie Foss Johnson traveled to view the production.
In the fall of 2015, News Tribune Arts writer Rosemary Ponnekanti wrote about Bourne Haley's film and trip to Norway, and suggested Nancy contact Marilyn Bennett and Suzy Willhoft, local theatre directors, about a possible production in Tacoma. Kari Nellie Groven, daughter of the playwright, and Janet Ruud of Tacoma, wrote an English translation of the play, from which this vignette was drawn.
We are so pleased to announce that a full production of the English language version, The Other Country, featuring local actors, musicians and community members, will be mounted here at the Foss Waterway Seaport on August 10 through 13, 2017. For the general audience, school-age through the elderly, it will be a local history lesson, an allegoric insight into and appreciation of our immigrant nation, and inspirational motivation to live courageously with compassion.
Auditions will be in May, 2017 with rehearsals beginning in July 2017. For more information, theothercountry2017 [at] gmail [dot] com (contact)