The Nerd
Auditions are Monday, January 6, and Tuesday,  January 7, from 6:00-9:30 p.m. both evenings. 
Horace Mann Middle School Campus
2820 Union Ave, Sheboygan
Door 17, west side of building
Callbacks will be Wednesday, January 8.
Beginning December 16, reserve your audition time by calling the Community Recreation Department office at 920-459-3773.

Scripts are available to check out with a $20 refundable deposit.  Scripts must be returned by January 2.
Character Roles

Willum Cubbert (Lead: mid-30s):

Good-hearted and loveable: an accomplished architect who nonetheless finds it hard to stand up for himself. A leading man who doesn’t know he is one: his strength is buried deep, but once found, it is substantial. Strong comic skills.


Tansy McGinnis (Lead: early to mid 30s):

An attractive young woman, torn between her affection for Willum and her career. Sharp, smart, funny, and very much her own woman. Strong comic skills.


Axel Hammond (Lead: mid 30s – mid 40s):

Willum’s best friend. The smartest guy and coolest customer in the room. Funny, sarcastic, self-destructive. Strong comic skills.


Rick Steadman (Lead: mid-30s – early 40s):

The eponymous ‘Nerd’. Quite simply the stupidest, most annoying person imaginable, with a weaponized lack of social skills. Strongest comic skills required.


Warnock Waldgrave (Supporting: mid-40s – mid 60s):

A powerful, stern, successful businessman. The last time he smiled was thirty years ago, and then it was gas. Strong comic skills.


Clelia Waldgrave (Supporting: early 40s – early 50s):

Patient but strained, harried yet calm. The picture of a schoolteacher almost but not quite stressed to her breaking point. Strong comic skills.


Thor Waldgrave (Supporting: 8-11):

Warnock and Clelia’s son. The worst brat in the western hemisphere. A whining, manipulative monster in the form of a child.

What's the show about?

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. 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.

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About the Director

Owen Thompson is an award-winning director whose productions have been seen in New York City and in regional theatres around the country. Owen is a long-time veteran of the New York City theatre scene and has served as the Artistic Director of NYC’s Protean Theatre Company as well as the producer of newTACTics, the annual festival of original plays presented by TACT (The Actors Company Theatre). Most recently, Owen directed one of the twentieth century's greatest plays - Tennessee Williams' masterpiece Cat on a Hot Tin Roof - to sold out houses for the Gallery Players in Brooklyn.

Owen is also an educator who has taught at several institutions of higher learning, including Fordham University, CUNY’s New York City College of Technology, and Marymount Manhattan College (where he currently teaches Script Analysis) and holds post-graduate degrees in classic dramatic literature from Fordham and Hunter College of the City University of New York.

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