He chose the play to bring balance to the Salem Theatre Company’s season, which included a story about three male veterans of World War I, Tom Stoppard’s “Heroes,” a holiday comedy and an American classic in “The Crucible.”
While it contrasts with these plays in several respects, “Shirley Valentine” shares their ability to engage an audience, which must imagine the story that Valentine tells.
“You make it your own,” Fogle said. “The pictures are your own, and it’s fun. That’s the kind of theater I like to emphasize, the theater of the mind’s eye.
“It’s a play that occurs in the minds of the audience, and there is no richer place to be.”
IF YOU GO
What: “Shirley Valentine”
When: May 17 to June 7, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 5 p.m.
Where: Salem Theatre Company, 90 Lafayette St., Salem
Tickets: $25 general admission, seniors $20, students with ID $10, at www.salemtheatre.com