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"The Nerd" Last Modified: Tuesday, March 17, 2009
The Nerd
by Larry Shue
Directed by Thomas Clark
April and May, 2007
Now an aspiring young architect in Terre Haute, Indiana, Willum Cubbert has often told his friends about the debt he owes to Rick Steadman, a fellow ex-GI whom he has never met but who saved has life after he was seriously wounded in Vietnam. He has written to Rick to say that, as long as he is alive, "you will have somebody on Earth who will do anything for you"—so Willum is delighted when Rick shows up unexpectedly at his apartment on the night of his thirty-fourth birthday party. But his delight soon fades as it becomes apparent that Rick is a hopeless "nerd"—a bumbling oaf with no social sense, little intelligence and less tact. And Rick stays on and on, his continued presence among Willum and his friends leading to one uproarious incident after another, until the normally placid Willum finds himself contemplating violence—a dire development which, happily, is staved off by the surprising "twist" ending of the play.

One of the funniest plays ever written, this extraordinarily inventive, side-splitting comedy was first presented by the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, then produced in Great Britain, then went on to Broadway.

"Shue delivers a neatly crafted package that uses some classic comic forms to bring the audience to its knees, laughing." —Milwaukee Journal.

"…the audience almost never stops laughing—handkerchiefs wiping away tears of merriment…" —Variety.

"…a spring tonic of side-bruising laughter…" —Milwaukee Tribune.

Published by Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

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Willum Cubbert: Joshua Drake
Tansy McGinnis: Sarah Burns
Axel Hammond: Joshua Williams
Warnock Waldgrave: Jerry Longinotti
Clelia Waldgrave: Sherrill Lynn Moffett
Thor Waldgrave: Dale Grimm
Rick Steadman: Christopher Powers
Director: Thomas Clark
Asst. Dir./Stage Manager: Robert L. Simpson
Producer: Gene Forsyth
Props: Diann Byers
Pat Alpe
Tad Price
Deanna Croson
Kristi Clark
Lights & Sound: Walter Dodson
Sets: Mark Britton
Set Construction: Mark Britton
Walter Dodson
Bob Stout
Libby & Dave Jacques
Tom Smitherman
Bill Schuler
Publicity: Gene Forsyth,
Jackie Steulke,
and Thomas Clark
Graphics & Digital Photography: Thomas & Kristi Clark
David Gonzales
Program Cover Design: Thomas Clark
Programs: Bill & Barbara White
Newsletter: Margaret Forsyth
Ann Wilson
Concessions: Tom & Dee Farr
House Manager: Walter Dodson
Box Office: Peggy Socias
John Lukas
Nathan Femin
David Gonzales
Kristi Clark
Tad Price
Deanna Croson
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