Theatre Events

Bismarck State College Theatre is proud to announce our 2018 – 2019 production season! To keep up to date with the latest news about auditions, productions, and ticketing information, follow us on our Facebook page!

Third Annual 24-Hour Play Festival

  • Participants gather September 14th at 7:30 p.m., Sidney J. Lee Auditorium
  • Performances begin September 15th at 7:30 p.m., Sidney J. Lee Auditorium. FREE ADMISSION!
In association with The 24 Hour Plays, Bismarck State College Theatre is proud to bring back, for the third year running, the worldwide phenomenon of the 24 Hour Play Festival! 

Participants will create and premier an entirely brand-new work of theatre in just twenty four hours -- from conceptualizing, to writing, to rehearsing, to performing in just one short day -- and then will premiere their brand new works before an audience at 7:30 on September 15th!

This is a totally unique opportunity to create new and/or to see some new theatre! 

Participants gather September 14th at 7:30 and will be split into groups. Groups will be given props, lines, settings, and given circumstances that they must work into the scripts…and then the magic happens!
Performances begin September 15th at 7:30 PM. We are always proud to welcome all of our friends from the Bismarck/Mandan community to participate! Admission is completely FREE!
For more information about the 3rd Annual 24 Hour Play Festival, visit our Facebook event!


By Bram Stoker
Adapted by Steven Dietz
Directed by Dr. Danny Devlin
October 18th – 20th at 7:30 PM. October 21st at 2:30 PM.
Sidney J Lee Auditorium, Schafer Hall

Auditions for Dracula will be held August 27th from 6:00 – 9:00 PM in the Sidney J Lee Auditorium. Invited callbacks will follow on August 28th from 6:00 – 9:00 PM. To sign up for an audition time, please click here. For more information about Dracula auditions, please visit the audition Facebook event
Bismarck State College is proud to present Steven Dietz's terrifying, bloody adaptation of Bram Stoker's classic horror masterpiece “Dracula”!

Get into the Halloween spirit with this classic vampire story of good and evil, of life and death, of monsters and men. Dietz adapts Stoker's classic novel with an eye towards impact, power, and recapturing the utter terror of the Lord of Vampires! This is sure to be the scariest, bloodiest fun you will have at the theatre all year!
For more information about Dracula, visit the Facebook event

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Stage Fright: A Haunted Theatre Experience

ScreenShot20180813at12.52.05PM.pngOctober 26th and 27th from 6:00 – 11:00 PM.
Sidney J Lee Auditorium, Schafer Hall

Dread it. Run from it. Terror still arrives. 

The BSC Drama club proudly presents STAGE FRIGHT: A Haunted Theatre Experience, making it's return to the Bismarck-Mandan area!

Celebrate Halloween with the scariest and most terrifying haunted experience in the area. The BSC Drama Club is proud to present this event for the 9th year running. Stage Fright is conceived, created, and run entirely by BSC Drama Club members! 

Take a terrifying tour of Schafer Hall, and the Sidney J Lee Auditorium as you've never seen it before! Tours begin anytime audience members arrive – be prepared to be scared!

Tickets are $5.00 at the door, cash only. Join us for Bismarck's spookiest event! 

All Stage Fright proceeds directly benefit the BSC Drama Club's annual trip to the Kennedy Center American Theatre Festival, Region V. To learn more about Stage Fright: A Haunted Theatre Experience, visit the Facebook event.

Gruesome Playground Injuries

ScreenShot20180813at12.51.09PM.pngBy Rajiv Joseph
Directed by Amber Bernhardt
December 6th – 8th at 7:30 PM; December 9th at 2:30 PM.
Auditions for Gruesome Playground Injuries will be held Monday, October 8th from 6:00 – 9:00 PM in the Sidney J Lee Auditorium. Invited callbacks will be held Tuesday, October 9th from 6:00 – 9:00 PM in Schafer Hall, room 23A. To sign up for an audition slot, click here.  For more information about “Gruesome Playground Injuries” auditions, visit the GPI audition Facebook event
Bismarck State College Theatre proudly presents Rajiv Joseph's Gruesome Playground Injuries. "A blood-spattered twig of a play," writes the New York Times; a moving, irresistible, and unforgettable two-hander. 

A love story written in scars that tells the story of two people, Doug and Kayleen, over thirty years -- who seem to only find each other at the worst and hardest times of their lives, Gruesome Playground Injuries is a tender and unforgiving reminder that love hurts -- and sometimes, that's the point. 
Tickets for Gruesome Playground Injuries will be available for purchase in late October. Seating will be extremely limited, so please plan to purchase your tickets as soon as possible.

Heathers: The Musical

ScreenShot20180813at12.51.36PM.pngBy Laurence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy
Directed by Dr. Danny Devlin
April 3rd – 6th at 7:30 PM. April 7th at 2:30 PM.

Auditions for Heathers: The Musical will be held Monday, January 28th from 6:00 – 9:00 PM in the Sidney J Lee Auditorium. Vocal callbacks will be held Tuesday, January 29th. Dance callbacks will be held Wednesday, January 30th. To sign up for an audition slot, please click here. (Link “here” to For more information on Heathers: The Musical auditions, please visit the Heathers: The Musical auditions Facebook event. (Link “event” to
Bismarck State College Theatre is proud to present Heathers: The Musical! Based off the cult classic 80's film, Heathers, this musical adaptation by Laurence O'Keefe (Legally Blonde) and Kevin Murphy (Reefer Madness, Desperate Housewives), is a dark, riotous, and unforgettable comedy about the living hell that is the American high school. Cleverly adapted with unforgettable and catchy songs, Heathers: The Musical is going to be the theatrical event of the year in Bismarck/Mandan!
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Short Play Festival 2019

May 1st and 2nd at 3:30 and 7:30 PM.
Bismarck State College Theatre and the BSC Drama Club, in collaboration with the Humanities North Dakota, as part of the HumanitiesND year-long "Game Changer Ideas Festival,” and with the North Dakota Council on the Arts, is pleased to present the Short Play Festival 2019, an annual part of the BSC ArtsQuest programming.
For the first time ever, the Short Play Festival is the result of a national ten-minute play competition being operated through Bismarck State College, along the HumanitiesND Game Changer Idea Festival 2019 theme “What Happened to the American Dream?”
Over 300 brand new ten-minute plays were submitted for consideration from all over the country and were whittled down to the best of the best by a team of BSC students, faculty, staff, and community members. BSC directing students then read and selected play from the remaining pool of scripts to cast, rehearse, and perform.
The Short Play Festival 2019 is sure to be a thought-provoking, challenging, moving, and edgy night of theatre for everyone!
Admission is free, and seating is extremely limited. For more information about the Short Play Festival 2019, please visit the Facebook event

What Happened to the American Dream?


Ten-Minute Playwriting Competition Submission

"Man cannot live without hope. If it is not engendered by his own convictions and desires, it can easily be fired from without, and by the most meretricious and empty promises."  - Eleanore Roosevelt, April 1961, The Atlantic, "What has happened to the American Dream?"

Americans find themselves at a crossroads politically, socially, or economically. Simultaneously more connected than ever before, and more estranged and dispossessed. In an era of fake news, of foreign governments attacking our social media outlets, what are our convictions and desires? What feelings do those convictions and desires engender, if not hope? Are we living without hope? Are we being fired upon by meretricious and empty promises? The American Dream means many different things to many different people. Is the American Dream the spread of democracy across the world? Is it the Jeffersonian concept of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness? Is it the promise of upward economic and social mobility?

Bismarck State College Theatre, in collaboration with the Humanities North Dakota, as part of the HumanitiesND year-long "Game Changer Ideas Festival" is pleased to announce a call for brand new ten-minute plays that engage with the question of the American Dream, construed broadly. Plays may be written in any style, set in any time, and may use as many or as few characters as the author wishes. BSC Theatre seeks only brand new, never before produced plays, outside of readings, workshops, and/or festivals. Plays should be no more than ten pages long (exclusive of cover page/dramatis personea), following traditional playwriting format. Plays will be entered into consideration for production during BSC Theatre's annual Short Play Festival in May 2019. If selected for performance, authors agree to provide BSC with performance rights for the duration of the Short Play Festival. Selection of scripts for performance will be at the discretion of a coalition of academics, theatre artists, and members of the ND Humanities Council.
To submit:

  • Click the submission link above.
  • Please ensure that you attach a copy of your ten-minute play to the form in DOC or PDF format.
  • Playwrights may submit up to three scripts for consideration.
  • Playwright's name and complete contact information should be included on the cover sheet only. The playwright's name should not appear anywhere else.
  • Submission due date is September 1, 2018
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Dr. Danny Devlin, Assistant Professor of Theatre at Bismarck State College at or 701-224-5530.

Ticketing Information

Unless otherwise noted, tickets for all shows are $5.00 for BSC students with a valid ID at the Box Office, $10 for BSC Faculty and Staff, $12 for members of the public in advance, and $15 for members of the public at the door. Tickets can be purchased by visiting the Campus Information Center in the Student Union during normal business hours, by calling 701-224-5677, or by visiting

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