by Larry Shue
Set in Terre Haute, Indiana, in late 1979, “The Nerd” centers around the hilarious dilemma of a young architect, Willum Cubbert, who is visited by Rick Steadman, a fellow ex-GI whom he has never met but saved his life after he was seriously wounded in Vietnam.
Willum is delighted when the ex-GI shows up unexpectedly at his apartment on the night of his 34th birthday party. However, Rick’s awkward manner and inappropriate behavior throw the occasion and Willum’s life into shambles.
2020 Performance Dates
March 6, 7 at 7:30 p.m.
March 8 at 2 p.m.
Performances on March 13, 14 & 15 have been canceled.
Kent State University’s COVID-19 preventative and proactive actions call for the cancellation of all events for the remainder of the spring semester. We are following recommendations from state health authorities to limit large gatherings and practice physical distancing to slow transmission of the virus. We take these steps to ensure the health and safety of our patrons and to be proactive in an effort to prevent illness.
Adults - $10
Seniors (55 and over) - $7
Non-KSU Students (17 and under) - $7
KSU Students - Free with current ID
- Tickets sales begin February 24 at 8 a.m.
- Purchase tickets online, by phone or in person at the Box Office.
- Visa, MasterCard and Discover accepted. Checks and cash accepted in person at the Box Office.
- Tickets purchased online or by phone will be available at Will Call.
- Will Call opens one hour prior to curtain time and closes when the performance begins.
- Kent State Students: Free admission with current Kent State ID. Seats must be reserved in person at the Box Office.
- No refunds for purchased tickets. Exchanges for the same production can be made by contacting the Box Office prior to the reserved performance date.
- Tickets held at Will Call will be forfeited if not picked up by curtain time.
Anthony Antoniades as Willum
Erin Ripley as Tansy
Robert Husted as Axel
Robert Trushel as Waldgrave
Emily Weiss as Clelia
Oliver Messmore as Thor
Spencer Morgan as Rick
Jim Weaver: Director
Jim Weaver is a director and choreographer whose body of work includes productions of Next to Normal, In the Heights, David Mamet’s Race, Spunk, Purlie, August Wilson’s Radio Golf, Fences, and Jitney, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Five Guys Named Moe, Guys And Dolls, Once On This Island, Saturday Night, Ain’t Misbehavin’, A Soldier’s Play and several others; including award winning productions of A Raisin in the Sun and Floyd Collins. Mr. Weaver, a Master of Fine Arts recipient from Kent State University, has had his work seen at New York’s Lincoln Center, The American Stage Festival, Maine State Music Theatre, The Weston Playhouse, Cape Playhouse, Porthouse Theatre, The American Stage Company, Bay Street Theatre, and many others in addition to choreographing productions of Ragtime, The Rocky Horror Show, and Legally Blonde for Kent State. Internationally, his work has been presented in The Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, France, and Austria. In addition to his work as a director and choreographer, Mr. Weaver is an actor and singer who has performed on Broadway, off-Broadway, regionally, and across Europe. He has been seen on television, in films, and can be heard on several cast recordings and voice-overs. Mr. Weaver is a proud member of SDC with further information available at his website.
Ron Jarvis: Sound Designer
You might recognize Ron Jarvis as a performer, producer, music director, and/or composer for such stalwart North East Ohio acts as The Buckeye Biscuit Band, Ital, First Light, Alex Bevan, Pat Dailey and, most recently, Macaw; the American Worldbeat Band. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Kent State where he has taught Art of the Theatre and Theatre Criticism classes as well as the three part series of Sound Design and Technology classes for the Entertainment Arts and Technologies certificates program. Ron has worked with world renowned directors Vincent Dowling (composition for The Winter’s Tale at Kent State) as well as Ping Chong (Blindness: The Irresistible Light Of Encounter at La Mama Theatre in NYC) and has served as a live mix consultant at Geauga Lake and Cedar Point Amusement Parks. Although his first sound design for Kent State Stark was for the 2002 production of Dancing at Lughnasa, since 2007 he has designed many of the Kent State Stark theatrical productions including Oklahoma!, The Marriage of Bette and Boo, Into the Woods, The Revenger’s Tragedy, The Mikado, Crazy for You, Dating is Tough to Do...and Funny, Too!, Songs for a New World, Plumfield, Iraq, Evil Dead: The Musical and Anton in Show Business.
Dale Seeds: Set Designer
Suwatana Rockland: Costume Designer
Michael Porter: Stage Management
Ryan Lucas: Lighting Design
John Coyne: Lighting Design