Comedic chaos features ‘The Nerd’ at CMC’s New Space Theatre |

Comedic chaos features ‘The Nerd’ at CMC’s New Space Theatre


What: Sopris Theatre Company at Colorado Mountain College presents “The Nerd” by Larry Shue

When: 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Feb. 22-23; and 2 p.m. Sunday and Feb. 24

Where: New Space Theatre, Calaway Academic Building at CMC Spring Valley, 3000 County Road 114

Admission: $18 for adults, and $13 for seniors and students

With the house lights dimmed, and the stage aglow, the cast of Sopris Theatre Company’s latest production took the stage for a dress rehearsal earlier this week.

“It’s really just pure over-the-top farce, total goofiness on stage,” director Brendan T. Cochran said of “The Nerd.”

“Anything you can think of, it has pratfall, food flying across the room,” he said.

Set in the late 1970s, “The Nerd,” a comedy written by playwright Larry Shue, is set around Rick “The Nerd” Steadman showing up at the front door of architect Willum Cubbert, whose life he saved in Vietnam. Rick turns out to be an incredibly inept, hopelessly stupid nerd who outstays his welcome with a vengeance.

Cochran said he was approached by CMC Theatre Artistic Director Gary Ketzenbarger about directing the play after it was chosen by the theatre faculty last spring.

“The play has sort of become a period piece over the years,” Cochran added. “It’s a really great opportunity. I love Larry Shue.”

Casting for the play started eight weeks ago, with Joshua Adamson and Justin Tinker being cast as the main characters, protagonist and antagonist Willum and Rick.

With rehearsals stretching over the last six weeks, Cochran said he has been working in some capacity or another for four to five months, reading the script, getting familiar with it and brainstorming ideas.

“It is so technical for the actors to make chaos look really good on stage. It has to be choreographed, and real precise,” Cochran said.

The premier for the show is Friday, with the curtain going up at 7 p.m.

Encore performance will be 7 p.m. Feb. 16 and again Feb. 22-23, with matinee shows at 2 p.m. Feb. 17 and 24 at the New Space Theatre, Calaway Academic Building at CMC Spring Valley.

Admission is $18 for adults, and $13 for seniors and students, as well as CMC employees and graduates. Tickets are available at or by emailing

Cochran and the cast are really excited to finally have an audience in the theater.

“The show isn’t complete until you have an audience there reacting,” Cochran said. “Especially with a comedy like this.”

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