Northeastern Illinois University

Stage Center Theatre

Summer Stock IV

THE NERD Larry Shue
July 9-11 --- 16-18 --- 23-25, 1998

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

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

"... a spring tonic of sidebruising laughter ..." --Jay Joslyn, Milwaukee Tribune.

<<<Strike up the band! The cast of The Nerd drums up some excitement. left-to-right: Kendall Kelley, Mary Theresa Archbold, Matt Stevens, Juan-Carlos Panizo>>>

THE STORY: 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 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

<<<The cast of The Nerd shares a fruitful moment. left to right: Kendall Kelley, Mary Theresa Archbold, Matt Stevens, Juan-Carlos Panizo >>>

Willum finds himself contemplating violence--a dire development which, happily, is staved off by the surprising "twist" ending of the play. (Dramatist Play Service catalog)

The Cast and Crew of The Nerd:

Tansy McGinnis...Mary Theresa Archibold
Thor Waldrave...Zach Grey
Willum Cubbert...Kendall Kelley
Kemp Hall...Drake Lanning
Clelia Waldrgave...Pat Parks
Rick Steadman...Matt Stevens
Red Graham...Thurwell Stupps
Axel Hammond...Guy Sullivan
Warnock Waldgrave...John Waldron
Dean...Daniel Wirth

Production Staff

Director.....Daniel Wirth
Stage Manager.....Jack Arbuthnot
Set/Light Designer.....Robert G. Smith
Costume Designer.....Tina Haglund
Master Carpenter.....Daniel Schenk
Master Electrician.....Tim Davis
Public Relations Director.....Michael Buino
Advertising Sales Coordinator.....Kristin Mesikapp
Publicity Photographer.....Mike Tappin
Box Office Manager.....Pete Bedrio
House Manager.....Lerone Fong
Assistant Director.....Michelle Bradshaw
Sound Technician.....Alice Zawadzki
Recording Engineer.....Rick Martin
Music Coordinator.....Maurice Terenzio
Light Board Operator.....Kyehui Kim
Sound Board Operators.....Rob Tredray, Chris Kustusch
Set Construction.....Summer Theater Students
Properties.....Alice Owoeye
Running Crew.....Latasha Lewis
Program/Poster Design.....Michael Buino
Poster Art.....Victoria Ness

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