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The Nerd

Comedic farce
by Larry Shue
July 15 – 31, 2021


All shows at 7:30 pm

Thursday, July 15
Friday, July 16
Saturday, July 17

Wednesday, July 21 (value night)
Thursday, July 22
Friday, July 23
Saturday, July 24

Wednesday, July 28 (value night)
Thursday, July 29
Friday, July 30
Saturday, July 31

Content advisory: THE NERD contains smoking and adult language.

THE NERD is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

About the Show

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. Willum is delighted when Rick shows up unexpectedly at his apartment, but his delight soon fades as it becomes apparent that Rick has no social sense, little intelligence, and less tact. His continued presence among Willum and his friends leading to one uproarious incident after another.

About the Playwright

Larry ShueLarry Shue was the author of THE NERD, which ran successfully on Broadway with a National Tour and many productions overseas. His play WENCESLAS SQUARE was performed Off-Broadway at the New York Shakespeare Festival. WENCESLAS SQUARE is part of “Best Play of 1987-1988,” published by Dodd, Mead and Company. He also wrote THE FOREIGNER, which, following a record-breaking run of seven hundred performances at New York’s Astor Place Theatre, was produced successfully internationally. New Orleans born, Kansas-raised, Larry Shue was a graduate of Illinois Wesleyan U. and the Harlequin Dinner Theatre in Washington. He joined Milwaukee Rep in 1977, appearing in a wide variety of productions. He created roles in works by Amlin Gray, Andrew Johns, Tom Cole, himself, and David Mamet, who dedicated the published version of his LAKEBOAT to Mr. Shue and to the play’s first director, John Dillon. Mr. Shue was also the author of GRANDMA DUCK IS DEAD and, as an actor, he assumed the title role in THE FOREIGNER after Anthony Heald and originated the role of the Rev. Dr. Crisparkle in the New York Shakespeare Festival’s THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD at the Delacorte Theatre. All of Larry’s plays have been published by Dramatists Play Service and Shuebiz, a compilation of Larry’s work, inaugurated the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre’s Cabaret. He was killed in a plane accident in 1985.

Production Team


Scott Fudali as Willum Cubbert
Patrice Hood as Tansy McGinnis
Nicholas Callan Haubner as Axel Hammond
Jim Mallmann as Warnock Waldgrave
Stephanie Demyun Smith as Clelia Waldgrave
Luke Krieser as Thor Waldgrave
James Sevens as Rick Steadman


Director: Dustin J. Martin
Stage Manager:  Merry Jaeger
Scenic Designer and Technical Director: Christopher Kurtz
Costume Designer: Claire Kinder
Lighting and Sound Designer: Chris Meissner
Properties Designer: Erica Ziino