The Nerd


Aspiring young architect 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 his 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 34th 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.

Author: Larry Shue
Director: Edie L. Norlin

The play is presented through special arrangement with Dramatist Play Service.


Black Box Theater, LeFevre Hall (directions)

Tuesday, Nov. 7 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 10 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 12 at noon
Thursday, Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 19 at 2 p.m.


All tickets are sold at the door.

Students: $5
General admission: $10


Sept. 6 and 7 from 7 to 9 p.m.
Black Box Theater, LeFevre Hall

Casting requirements

7 roles available: Four male, two female and one boy (approx. eight years old)

Audition requirements

  • Actors will do cold reads from the script. Scripts are available on closed reserve in the Warner Library. A two- to three-minute comedic monologue is optional.
  • Persons interested in crew positions should attend at least one audition night for a short interview.
  • All potential cast/crew should complete a contact form found on the theater webpage or at auditions.


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