The Nerd

October 2-5, 1997

Location: Carrefour de l’Isle-Saint-Jean, Charlottetown

Written by: Larry Shue

Director: David Sherren

Producer: Gerry Gray

Stage Manager: Wallena Higgins-Gray


John Conway

Sara Fraser  

Tyler Gallant-Hatcher

Ben Kinder

Nancy McLure  

Ed Rashed

David Sherren

   David Sherren had long been keen to put it on  — a proven hit in America (1981), then Britain, then Broadway (1987/88).  “Unquestionably one of the funniest plays ever written.”  The gist … the hilarious dilemma of Willum, a young architect who is visited by a man he’s never met, but who saved his life in Vietnam.  The trouble is that the fellow is, seemingly, an incredibly inept, downright stupid ‘nerd’.  He outstays his welcome with a vengeance, almost driving his host to violence.  It emerges that he’s not what he seems to be, and is part of a plan of Willum’s friend to push Willum to act on what is really important in his life.