Nerd Alert! Get ready to nerd up and scream with laughter when The Nerd takes the stage this November!
November 17, 18, 19 at 7:00PM
November 20 at 2:00PM
The unassuming and, frankly, gumption-less Willum Cubbert (Daniel Seay) lives a relatively peaceful (i.e., rather humdrum) life. An independent architect and landlord to his friends—Axel (Matt Hamblin), a wisecracking
smart-aleck of a drama critic, and Tansy (Kirstyn de Jager), a sweet and smart meteorologist with a mutual (but unfulfilled) attraction to Willum—the ebb and flow of life seems to leave him mostly unaffected.
Willum, though, has often told his friends about one exciting thing: the debt he owes to Rick Steadman (Josiah Reynolds), a fellow ex-GI whom he has never met but who saved his life after he was seriously wounded in Vietnam. Willum has always 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.
That same night, Willum is hosting a dinner party for his client, Warnock Waldgrave (James Melton), Waldgrave’s wife, Clelia (Rowen Bolonsky), and their temperamental and bombastic son, Thor (Wyatt Mahoney). Willum’s delight soon fades, as it becomes apparent that Rick is a hopeless ‘nerd’—a bumbling oaf with no social sense, little intelligence, and even less tact.
As Rick stays on and on…and on…his continued presence among Willum and his friends leads to one uproarious incident after another, from a mishap with cottage cheese to a certain…episode…concerning…swine…until the normally placid Willum finds himself contemplating (comical) violence—a dire development that only the machinations of his friends can hope to overcome!
The Nerd, presented by NorthArk Drama and the Ozark Arts Council, and directed by Michael Mahoney, will be live at the Lyric Theater November 17, 18, and 19 at 7:00pm, and November 20 at 2:00pm. Tickets available online or by calling 870-391-3504.