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The Joliet Drama Guild continued its 75th season by hosting “The Nerd,” by Larry Shue into our theatre in February, inside the Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park Theatre at 201 W. Jefferson.  Show dates and times were February 8, 9, 15, and 16 at 8 pm, and February 10 and 17 at 2 pm.

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 has life after he was seriously wounded in the war. 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. And Rick stays on and on, his continued presence among Willum and his friends leading to one uproarious incident after another.

Director Rae H. Williams of Bolingbrook has taken on the task of trying to control this outlandish comedy, with the assistance of Assistant Director/Stage Manager Mike Manolakes of Bolingbrook, Assistant Stage Manager Marie Salvaggione of Joliet, and Producer Tina Matriciano of Palos Hills.

The cast includes:
Willum Cubbert               Carl Zeitler of Glen Ellyn
Tansy McGinnis             Theresa Lang of Joliet
Axel Hammond              Ryan Ruffatti of Rolling Meadows
Warnock Waldgrave        Ron Brix of Westmont
Clelia Waldgrave             Tina Matriciano of Palos Hills
Thor Waldgrave               Christian Spesia of Joliet
Rick Steadman               George Skrobuton of Mokena
Kemp Hall                      Chuck Arthur of Joliet

Some trivia:  Author Larry Shue graduated high school at Glenbard West in Glen Ellyn, and wrote his first play while at Illinois Wesleyan University.  He wrote 2 often produced plays "The Nerd" and "The Foreigner," as well as 3 other lesser performed works, before his untimely death in a plane crash at the age of 39.
 

 

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