Auditions for RLT's Production of The Nerd by Larry Shue (author of The Foreigner) directed by Laura W. Andruski are scheduled for:
- Sunday June 9, 2013 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.
- Monday June 10, 2013 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
- Callbacks (if needed) Wednesday June 12, 2013 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
--- Note: the RLT Annual meeting is Tues, June 11
Auditions consist of readings from the script; prepared monologues are not needed. Perusal copies of the readings may be obtained from the director at LWAndruski@aol.com.Location:
Readthru scheduled for June 19
Rehearsals scheduled to start July 29
NOTE: Cast includes a boy age 8-12 (see below)Synopsis:
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.Cast of Characters:
Willum Cubbert (Male, age 30s): Willum is an architect, currently designing a hotel for Mr. Waldgrave, and a pushover. He’s kind and intelligent, but Tansy says he “could use a little gumption.” He lacks the backbone to stand up for himself.
Tansy McGinnis (Female, age 30s): Willum’s on-again, off-again girlfriend. She’s been offered her dream job in Washington, D.C., and feels guilty for leaving Willum behind. Idealistic, perky, weather woman, and is just as kind as Willum.
Axel Hammond (Male, age 30-40s): Willum’s best friend. He’s a pretentious, often-inebriated drama critic, always ready with a sarcastic comment.
Rick Steadman (Male, age 30s): The titular “nerd.” He’s oblivious to insult and lacks manners or sensitivity. He tells Willum that he works as an inspector at a chalk factory in Wisconsin.
Warnock Waldgrave (Male, age 50): A boisterous, slightly dim businessman, owner of eight hotels, with no creativity and no tact. He never smiles.
Clelia Waldgrave (Female, age 40-50s): Mr. Waldgrave’s high-strung, put-upon wife. She holds back all of her emotions, and only releases her stress when she can break “something small.”
Thor Waldgrave (Boy, age 8-12): The Waldgraves’ terror of a son. “Poster child for planned parenthood.” Spends most of the play hiding in a closet or bedroom.Performances: September 27, 28, 29, October 4, 5, 6, 2013 at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre
Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm.
If you have any questions, please contact the director, Laura W. Andruski, at (518) 928-1845 or LWAndruski@aol.com.
All RLT productions use open auditions with no roles precast. We welcome actors of all ages and backgrounds.