Guthrie, Okla. (Feb. 7, 2011) – The Pollard Theatre in historic downtown Guthrie, Okla. presents the hilarious comedy, “The Nerd,” running February 11 through March 5.


 “The Nerd” is well known among critics and theatre goers as one of the most comical plays ever written. Its focus is on the young architect, Willum Cubbert, and a fellow ex-GI, Rick Steadman, who saved Willum’s life in Vietnam. Though Willum has never met Rick, he sends him a letter saying that as long as he is alive “you will have somebody on Earth who will do anything for you.” Willum is thrilled when Rick shows up unannounced at Willum’s door on the night of his thirty-fourth birthday party, but the elation quickly fades when Willum realizes that Rick’s lack of social skills and intelligence make him the “house guest from hell.”


“Regional theatre audiences across the country have raved about “The Nerd” for thirty years now,” said W. Jerome Stevenson, artistic director for The Pollard. “With such a successful track record, we feel it’s the perfect way to kick off the New Year and the second half of our twenty fourth season.”  


Robert Matson, a long time performer on the Pollard stage stars in the title role of Rick Steadman, a role that many think he was born to play.


“Robert is a perfect fit for this role. With his unique brand of physical comedy and razor sharp timing, Robert was the first and last choice for this role, and Pollard audiences will be rolling in aisle from the results,” said Stevenson.


Event Details:

What:             “The Nerd,” by Larry Shue

Where:           The Pollard Theatre located at 120 W. Harrison Ave. in

Downtown Guthrie

When:             Beginning Friday, February 11, performances will be at 8 p.m. every Friday and Saturday; Thursday night performances at 8 p.m. will be held on Feb. 24 and March 3. A 2 p.m. Sunday matinee will be held on February 20 and 27. The final show is on Saturday, March 5.

Cost:               Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased online at or through the Box Office at (405) 282-2800. Box office hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Discounts are offered for students, seniors, and military personnel.


About The Pollard Theatre:

The Pollard Theatre Company was formed in 1987 as the focal project of the Guthrie Arts & Humanities Council, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.  Located in the heart of historic downtown Guthrie, Oklahoma, the Pollard produces six major productions a year, with an emphasis on creative story-telling that illuminates the shared human experience. Built around the core of their resident company members, the Pollard also utilizes the talents of skilled theatre artists from across the region.  Season after season, the Pollard brings shows never before produced in the state while continuing to set the standard for quality theatre in Oklahoma.


The Pollard Theatre is produced by the Guthrie Arts and Humanities Council with funding provided by the Oklahoma Arts Council and the National Endowment of the Arts. Support is also provided by the Inasmuch Foundation and the Kirkpatrick Foundation.


Additional information about the Pollard Theatre, show times and tickets are available by calling (405)282-2800, going online at, or by visiting the Pollard Theatre Box Office located at 120 West Harrison Avenue in Downtown Guthrie.


Julie Claggett
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