2nd Annual “Opening Doors” Gala

Posted on Apr 28, 2015 in General

The 2nd Annual Opening Doors Gala, co-hosted by Neighborhood Housing Services of the Lehigh Valley, Inc. and The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival at DeSales University, features a special performance of the sidesplitting and heart-warming comedy “The Foreigner” presented by the professional, in-residence, performing company.

The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, a professional theatre company, has a national reputation for excellence.  Each summer, PSF produces a season of Shakespeare and other classics, musical theatre, and children’s theatre.

“The Foreigner”, winner of two Obie Awards and two Out Critics Circle Awards as Best New American Play and Best Off-Broadway Production is an inspired comic romp, equal in inventive hilarity to the author’s classic comedy “The Nerd”.  Based on what the NY Post describes as a “devilishly clever ideas,” the play demonstrates what can happen when a group of devious characters must deal with a stranger who (they think) knows no English.

A sidesplitting and heart-warming comedy brimming with misunderstanding and mischief, The Foreigner may be one of the funniest American plays ever written. A pathologically shy Englishman named Charlie takes a much-needed holiday to a rural fishing lodge in Georgia with his good friend, Froggy. When Froggy informs the other inhabitants of the lodge that Charlie speaks no English in order to avoid unwanted conversation, the cast of outrageous characters freely reveals to him one secret after another, unleashing intrigue, outrage, and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Inspired and hilarious, like last season’s Lend Me a Tenor, and, like Tenor, directed by Jim Helsinger.

The Gala offers sponsors the opportunity to participate in a back stage tour, be recognized on stage prior to the performance and enjoy refreshments while enjoying the evening with a full house of theatre attendees.

The proceeds from this premier event will benefit the programs and initiatives of Neighborhood Housing Services of the Lehigh Valley, Inc. and will help ensure the delivery of vital assistance and support to the residents of the communities NHSLV serves.

NHS graciously thanks this year’s Gala sponsors – First Niagara Bank, New Tripoli Bank, American Bank, and American Bank Mortgage Company – without who’s support this event would not be possible!