Bismarck State College opens its theatrical season next week with a comedy that strikes a chord with current events. Larry Shue’s “The Foreigner” runs at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Oct. 21 and 2:30 p.m. Oct. 22 in Sidney J. Lee Auditorium.

Charlie Baker takes a holiday in the Deep South. To avoid being pestered by locals, he pretends he is a foreigner who speaks no English. This leads to involvement in the bizarre goings-on of a corrupt preacher, his pregnant girlfriend, her none-too-bright brother and the Ku Klux Klan.

“What’s fascinating about this play is how well it speaks to our current national moment,” said Danny Devlin director and assistant professor of theater. “I think, in some ways, it’s challenging that the themes of tolerance, acceptance, community and diversity are the center of the national conversation. When 'The Foreigner' played in New York in 2005, it was decried as out of touch and no longer relevant — I’d challenge anyone to decry the relevance of this show today.”

Tickets can be purchased online at bsctheatre.com, by calling the box office at 224-5677 or visiting the BSC Campus Information Center in the Student Union on campus. Tickets also can be purchased on performance days at the box office in Schafer Hall.

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