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The IU Southeast Theatre Department presents The Nerd by Larry Shue, February 18-27 in the Robinson Theater in the Ogle Center.

The Nerd by Larry Shue

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. And 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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In accordance with Indiana University policy, the wearing of masks is required within any building on the IU Southeast campus. Free masks will be provided at the Ogle Center entrances. For more information, visit Indiana University’s COVID-19 Campus Visitors Guidance webpage.

Ticket Price

Free. No ticket is required. Donations are gladly accepted. A suggested donation of $10 per person is appreciated.

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