Valley Playhouse is pleased to announce that the hilarious comedy The Nerd by Larry Shue will open August 8, 2013 and run through August 18, 2013 at Court Square Theater.
Set in Terre Haute, Indiana in late 1979, The Nerd centers on the hilarious dilemma of a young architect who is visited by Rick Steadman, a fellow ex-GI whom he has never met but who saved has life after he was seriously wounded in Vietnam. Willum is delighted when Rick shows up unexpectedly at his apartment on the night of his thirty-fourth birthday party. However, Rick’s awkward manner and inappropriate behavior throw the occasion into shambles. It turns out that Rick is a stupid “nerd” who overstays his welcome with a vengeance.
The Nerd has been described as “one of the funniest plays ever written”. It debuted at the Milwalkee Repertory Theater in April 1981 with the author Larry Shue playing the young architect Willum Cubbert. Following Larry Shue’s death in 1985 as a result of a plane crash, The Nerd ran on Broadway for 441 performances (March 27, 1987 – April 10, 1988) starring Mark Hamill (best known as Luke Skywalker) as Willum and directed by Charles Nelsen Reilly. In 1989, NBC commissioned a sitcom pilot based on the play, but it was not optioned. The pilot was aired on 1996.
The Nerd runs Thursdays – Sundays, August 8 – 10 and August 15 – 17 at 8:00Pm
and Sundays, August 11 and 18 at 3:00 PM
All Performances are at Court Square Theater, 61 Graham Street, Harrisonburg, VA
Tickets: $12, $10 for groups of 10 or more.
** Thursday, August 15 is “Pay What You Will” Night.