The Sheboygan Theatre Company (STC) is set to present “The Nerd,” a madcap comedy sure to bring laughter to brighten the darkest of winter blues.
STC will present showings of “The Nerd” Feb. 21-23 and Feb. 26-29. Show time each night is 7:30 p.m. with a matinee performance at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 23. Performances are at STC’s Leslie W. Johnson Theatre, located on the Horace Mann Middle School campus in Sheboygan.
The play centers on the hilarious dilemma of a young architect who is visited by a man he’s never met but who saved his life in Vietnam. The visitor turns out to be an incredibly inept, hopelessly senseless “nerd,” who out stays his welcome with a vengeance.
Written by Larry Shue while playwright-in-residence at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, “The Nerd” had its world premiere in Milwaukee in April 1981 with Shue in the role of the architect, Willum Cubbert. In the years since, it has been performed in theaters around the world, including a 1987-1988 Broadway run starring actor Mark Hammill of “Star Wars” fame.
“The Nerd” is a great favorite of Director Owen Thompson, who once played the title role at a production in the Ivoryton Playhouse in Connecticut. Owen, now living in Manhattan, is a veteran of the New York City theater scene.