"The Nerd," which runs July 6 to 10, is a comedy by Larry Shue about making promises leading to dysfunctional obligations. Christopher Stroschein, Minot State University alumnus, directs this production.
This inventive play follows war veteran Willum Cubbert as he makes a new life for himself in architecture. A bumbling stranger, Rick Steadman, unexpectedly appears and disturbs Cubbert's newfound lifestyle. When Cubbert realizes he is indebted to Steadman for once saving his life, chaos ensues. The nerdy, socially awkward stranger overstays his welcome, causing further turmoil for the man he saved.
"Shue's classic American comedy focuses on a carefully constructed life, Willem Cubbert's specifically, as it is ripped apart by forces beyond his control," Stroschein said. "It's about doing the best you can to hold on for the ride."
MSU Summer Theatre season 48 will close with "Jesus Christ Superstar" July 18 to 23. After over a decade of absence, this 1960s rock opera recaps the swift rise to fame of Jesus, his radical teachings and the apostles who supported or betrayed their beloved teacher.
All shows are in the MSU Amphitheater at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults, $7 for senior citizens and children over 12, $5 for children 12 and under and $3 for MSU personnel and summer students with current MSU ID. Reservations may be made by calling the Summer Theatre box office at 858-3228.