Director, Joanna Mechaley, conducts auditions for the comedy, “The Nerd,” from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 13-14, in The Matthews’ theater. Play performances are two weekends – Feb. 8-18, 2018. Scroll down for audition details. 

Mark your calendars for Dec. 13-14

Auditions are held from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Wed. and Thurs., Dec. 13-14. SCRIPTS: Excerpts of the script will be available for checkout beginning Nov. 15 at The Matthews’ art gallery front desk.

Play Synopsis

One of the funniest plays ever written, this extraordinarily inventive, side-splitting comedy was first presented by the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, then produced in Great Britain, and finally, went on to Broadway.

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. 

The problem is that Rick stays on and on. His continued presence among Willum and his friends lead 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 Requirements

7 parts – 4 men, 2 women, 1 child

WILLUM CUBBERT: (male, late 20’s to late 30’s) A professional architect, likable and sincere, unexciting and set in his ways.

TANSY McGINNIS: (female, late 20’s to late 30’s) Tansy is about to choose between her boyfriend Willum and her career as a weather girl. Tansy is bubbly, wry, and definitely her own woman.

AXEL HAMMOND: (male, late 20’s to mid 40’s) Dry, wise-cracking, irreverent, devil-may-care theater critic who has never done an anonymous favor for anyone.

WARNOCK WALDGRAVE: (male, 30’s – 50) Powerful, stern and successful businessman totally lacking in imagination. The last time Waldgrave smiled was 30 years ago, and then it was gas.

CLELIA WALDGRAVE: (female, 30’s – 40’s) Patient but strained, harried but calm, the picture of a schoolteacher almost, but not quite, stressed to her breaking point.

THOR WALDGRAVE:  (male, 9-13) The son of Warnock and Clelia Waldgrave is a bratty, temperamental, loud young monster. This role is also open to female actresses, 9-13, who would be comfortable in a male role.

RICK STEADMAN:  (male, 30’s to 40’s) Tactless, selfish, insensitive, aggravating, pointlessly dull, and the worst houseguest ever.
Note: The actor playing Rick Steadman will be create voiceovers for 3 parts and must be able to disguise his voice.