Directed by Shawn Perry
& Co-Directed by Jeanne Smith
Produced by Kyle Stephens
About the Show
Set in Terre Haute, Indiana in late 1979, The Nerd presents the story of Willum Cubbert, an unassuming young architect who is landlord to friends Tansy and Axel. Tansy is a smart, attractive woman, with a mutual (but unconsummated) attraction to Willum; she is determined to leave in order to pursue a career in television meteorology in Washington, D.C. Axel is a smart aleck drama critic who was once engaged, briefly, to Tansy. The three of them are good friends. Axel and Tansy are present when Willum, during a house party, becomes host to unexpected houseguest Rick Steadman, who had saved Willum’s life in Vietnam.
Willum Cubbert, Male, 30’s: Willum is an architect, currently designing a hotel for Mr. Waldgrave, and a pushover. He’s kind and intelligent, but Tansy says he “could use a little gumption.” He lacks the backbone to stand up for himself. He rents two rooms in his house to Tansy and Axel.
Tansy McGinnis, Female, Late 20’s / Early 30’s: A smart woman who is as attracted to Willum as he is to her, but who has been offered her dream job as a television weather forecaster in Washington, D.C., and feels guilty for leaving Willum behind. Idealistic, perky, and just as kind as Willum.
Axel Hammond, Male, 30’s: Willum’s best friend. He’s a pretentious, often-inebriated drama critic, always ready with a sarcastic comment.
Rick Steadman/Kemp Hall, Male, 30’s: The titular “nerd.” He’s oblivious to insult and lacks manners or sensitivity. He tells Willum that he works as an inspector at a chalk factory in Wisconsin.
Warnock Waldgrave, Male, 40’s – 50’s: A boisterous, slightly dim businessman, owner of eight hotels, with no creativity and no tact. He never smiles.
Clelia Waldgrave, Female, 30’s – 50’s: Mr. Waldgrave’s high-strung, put-upon wife. She holds back all of her emotions, and only releases her stress when she can break “something small.”
Thor Waldgrave, Male/Female, 8-10: The Waldgraves’ terror of a son. “Poster child for Planned Parenthood,” as Axel calls him. Spends most of the play hiding in a closet or bedroom.
This show has been postponed until February 2021.