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Larry Shue was the author of THE NERD, which ran successfully on Broadway with a National Tour and many productions overseas. His play WENCESLAS SQUARE was performed Off-Broadway at the New York Shakespeare Festival. WENCESLAS SQUARE is part of "Best Play of 1987-1988," published by Dodd, Mead and Company. He also wrote THE FOREIGNER, which, following a record-breaking run of seven hundred performances at New York’s Astor Place Theatre, was produced successfully internationally. New Orleans born, Kansas-raised, Larry Shue was a graduate of Illinois Wesleyan U. and the Harlequin Dinner Theatre in Washington. He joined Milwaukee Rep in 1977, appearing in a wide variety of productions. He created roles in works by Amlin Gray, Andrew Johns, Tom Cole, himself, and David Mamet, who dedicated the published version of his LAKEBOAT to Mr. Shue and to the play’s first director, John Dillon. Mr. Shue was also the author of GRANDMA DUCK IS DEAD and, as an actor, he assumed the title role in THE FOREIGNER after Anthony Heald and originated the role of the Rev. Dr. Crisparkle in the New York Shakespeare Festival’s THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD at the Delacorte Theatre. All of Larry’s plays have been published by Dramatists Play Service and Shuebiz, a compilation of Larry’s work, inaugurated the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre’s Cabaret. He was killed in a plane accident in 1985.
Kevin Cahoon (Director) has appeared on Broadway, off-Broadway, in regional theatre, as well as on television and film. Theatre highlights include roles in the original Broadway companies of The Lion King, The Wedding Singer, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang; the original off-Broadway company of Hedwig and The Angry Inch, The Foreigner at The Roundabout (Lortel Nomination); and at Playwrights Horizons, Second Stage, MTC, The Old Globe, and The Guthrie, among others. TV and film highlights include Nurse Jackie, Modern Family, Elementary, and Mars Needs Moms. He currently plays Hugo on Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. He has directed developmental productions at NYC’s Ars Nova, for the comedy duo Tastiskank, two consecutive galas for New York Theatre Workshop, and numerous productions for The Bay Area Houston Ballet and Theatre.
Colin Hanlon (Willum Cubbert) returns to George Street Playhouse, where he appeared in Falsettos, The Last Five Years, and Tick, Tick...Boom! Broadway appearances include the Falsettos revival, In Transit, and Rent. Hanlon also played Fiyero in the first national tour of Wicked. He played Adam in the New York premiere of Dot by Colman Domingo, directed by Susan Stroman (Vineyard Theatre). Hanlon was in the original casts of I Love You Because and Edges. Hanlon’s television credits include Steven on the Emmy Award-winning Modern Family on ABC, Difficult People on Hulu, and The Sinner on USA Network. He also starred in and produced Submissions Only.
Ann Harada (Clelia Waldgrave) played Christmas Eve in the Broadway and West End productions of Avenue Q and stepsister Charlotte in Rodgers+Hammerstein’s Cinderella. Other Broadway: Madame Thenardier in Les Miserables (Revival), 9 to 5, Seussical the Musical, and M. Butterfly. Film credits include Sisters, Trouble, Youth in Oregon, Admission, Hope Springs, Feel, and Happiness. She has appeared in the television series Smash (as Linda, the Stage Manager), Lipstick Jungle, 30 Rock, Doubt, The Good Wife, House of Cards, Master of None, The Jim Gaffigan Show and Search Party.
Jonathan Kite (Rick Steadman) is best known as Oleg, the hilarious, sex-crazed Ukrainian cook opposite Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs in the Emmy Award-nominated CBS hit comedy 2 Broke Girls. Television credits include: NCIS, Family Guy, American Dad, Boss Baby, Black Dynamite: The Animated Series, Raising Hope. Theatre credits include: Waiting For Godot, True West, Servant of Two Masters, Ubu Roi, Murder at the Howard Johnson’s. He is also an expert mimic, boasting over 100 celebrity impressions that include: Tom Hanks, Vince Vaughn, Anthony Bourdain, Seth Rogen, Liam Neeson, Christian Bale, Jeff Bridges, Robert Downey JR., and John Lithgow.
Kate Reinders (Tansy McGinnis) was last seen on Broadway in Meteor Shower (standby for Amy Schumer). She created the role of Portia in Something Rotten! and has played Glinda in Wicked (Broadway and original Chicago company). Other Broadway: Gypsy (with Bernadette Peters, directed by Sam Mendes), Good Vibrations, Into the Woods (2002 revival), and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Reinders was a series regular on Work It (ABC) and Sherri (Lifetime), and a guest star on Anger Management, Modern Family, and Ugly Betty. She has appeared in the films Russell Madness, Grudge Match, Such Good People, Certainty, and Kinsey. Reinders is also part of the singing/songwriting duo TASTiSKANK (with Sarah Litzsinger), recipient of the 2007 Breakout Award at the HBO Comedy Arts Festival).
Zach Shaffer (Axel Hammond) Broadway: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, A View From The Bridge, The Man Who Came to Dinner. Additional theater credits include: Taking Care of Baby (MTC) The Wii Plays, Playlist (Ars Nova) Mine (Slant), Brown, Love is Deaf (EST), Down the Drain, Til the Rapture Comes, Guthrie Theater, Hartford Stage, Portland Center Stage. Film and TV: Chicago Justice, Smash, The Black Donnellys, Law & Order (NBC), Salt (Columbia Pictures), Black Box (ABC), Strangers With Candy, Six Feet Under, XX/XY, Gayby. Co-directed and produced the NYC nightlife documentary Squeezebox!, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival before going on to tour film festivals around the world.
Stephen Wallem(Warnock Waldgrave) is a SAG Award-nominated actor best known as Thor Lundgren for seven seasons on the Emmy-winning Showtime series “Nurse Jackie”. Other appearances include Randall on “Horace and Pete” and Chad on “Difficult People”. East Coast Stage: Pipe Dream (Encores) Poster Boy (Williamstown Theater Festival) and teaming with Edie Falco for a sold-out run of the original cabaret The Other Steve and Edie at the Laurie Beechman. The Muny: Shrek the Musical (Shrek), Seussical (Horton) and The Wizard of Oz (Lion). National tours include Forever Plaid, Into the Woods, and Scrooge starring Richard Chamberlain.
Hayden Bercy (Thor Waldgrave) is thrilled to make his George Street Playhouse debut. Hayden recently appeared as Flick in the National Tour of A Christmas Story, The Musical and Ben in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Other theatre credits include Young Tommy in The Who’s Tommy and Newsboy in Gypsy (Count Basie Theatre). TV credits include Pandora’s Box and Wonderama. NYC cabaret appearances: Don’t Tell Mama, The Triad and Broadway Sessions at the Laurie Beechman. Thank you: Kevin and George Street team, Lisa Calli, Emily, Janine, Elise, Mom, Dad and Brielle. Instagram: @haydenbercy
"A zany, fun trip. George Street might have just the thing for you" - The Star-Ledger/NJ.com
"Magic and lunacy. A laugh riot." - The Princeton Packet/TimeOFF
"Laugh out loud fun. 'The Nerd' is the coolest show in town." - BroadwayWorld.com
"'The Nerd' is hilarious. Comic genius." - New Jersey Stage
"Pure fun." - Gannett NJ/Home News Tribune
"'Nerd' is the word" - Q on Stage
Awkwardness reaches hilarious new heights in the final show of our season, The Nerd. When an unexpected party guest (played by 2 Broke Girls' Jonathan Kite) turns into an unwanted house guest, Willum (Modern Family's Colin Hanlon) executes an elaborate plan to rid himself of the wacky nuisance. Aided by a rag-tag team that includes friends, a would-be lover and an oblivious boss, creative acts of desperation quickly dissolve into utter mayhem and merriment. The twists and turns of this madcap comedy lead to an ending that leaves you feeling happily hoodwinked!
The Nerd is sponsored by TD Bank
TV favorites Stephen Wallem ("Nurse Jackie"), Colin Hanlon ("Modern Family"), Ann Harada ("Smash"), Kate Reinders ("Work It"), and Zach Shaffer ("Six Feet Under") join previously announced Jonathan Kite ("2 Broke Girls") in "The Nerd" at George Street Playhouse, April 24 - May 20 Learn More
Jonathan Kite (TV’s "2 Broke Girls") will play the titular role in Larry Shue’s "The Nerd," on stage April 24 - May 20, 2018. Kevin Cahoon, who has appeared in many Broadway productions, including "The Wedding Singer" and "The Lion King," will direct the popular comedy, which closes out GSP’s mainstage season. Learn More
An updated version of the hit off-Broadway show "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change" – with book and lyrics by George Street Playhouse favorite Joe DiPietro and music by Jimmy Roberts — opens the Playhouse's 2017-18 season at an interim venue on Rutgers University's Cook Campus. Learn More