This year’s fall play will be the debut production in the new Art and Communication Center. On November 14, 15, 20, 21, and 22, Larry Shue’s play The Nerd is guaranteed to make you laugh.
The play presents the life of Willum, a Vietnam veteran played by Trinity student Jake Szafranski ’09 of Avon, Ohio. Willum’s life was saved by a fellow GI, Rick Steadman, played by Dave Hoekman ’12 of Caledonia, Michigan. Willum claims he will do anything for Rick as payment for saving his life. When Rick does arrive one day, Willum is excited; however, that excitement quickly sours when Rick is revealed to be the “nerd” of the play’s title, a clueless oaf with almost no sense of social graces.
This play is a classic example of the contemporary farce, filled with physical humor and snappy dialogue. Variety says that “the audience almost never stops laughing – handkerchiefs wiping away tears of merriment.”
“I really cannot wait for an audience for this play,” said Szafranski. “The play is funny to us even now as we've been reading it for five weeks, but when a room full of people sees the play for the first time, it will certainly be a treat for them as well as us.”
The theme this season for the communication arts department is “Speaking the Truth.” In addition to the fall play following that theme, the spring production will be Horton Foote’s drama The Habitation of Dragons.
All performances of The Nerd start at 7:30 p.m. and run about two and a half hours. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $7 for students and senior citizens. They can be obtained by calling 708.597.3000. Payment must be made at the time of reservation.