The Nerd

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 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 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.

Cast/Characters

Willum Cubbert – Joe Feustel

Tansy McGinnis – Elaine S. Harvey

Axel Hammond – Justin D. Deehr

Warnock Waldgrave – Harold C. Lang

Clelia Waldgrave – Judy Schmidt

Thor Waldgrave – Paul Jason Maxon

Rick Steadman – Rick “Wally” Waldhart

Production Staff

Director: Ralph Maffongelli

Designed by: Bernard J. Markevitch

Stage Manager: Michael Barzone

Costume Design: Joyce Nery

Light Design: David Krueger

Master Electrician: Scott Heck

Sound Design: Ken Rohde

Sound Master: Don Nicklaus

Consultant: Carl Vollrath

Properties: Barbara Ashburn

Special Prop Construction: Phil Segor

Make-Up Design: Justin D. Deehr

Master Carpenter: Phil Zimmermann, Lloyd Sargent

Paint Master: Dave Kucensky