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Released September 1, 2004

SOUTHERN MISS THEATRE REVIVES SUMMER COMEDY

HATTIESBURG -- Reviving a summer season hit Sept. 8-11 and 15-18, the Department of Theatre and Dance at The University of Southern Mississippi, will present Larry Shue's "The Nerd," a classic tale about a houseguest who never leaves. The production will be staged in the Gilbert F. Hartwig Theatre in the Theatre and Dance Building on campus at 7:30 p.m. each evening.

Aspiring young architect Willum Cubbert is visited by a fellow ex-GI--whom he has never met--who saved his life after being seriously wounded in Vietnam. Although owing a debt of gratitude to Rick Steadman, Willum soon learns that his guest is a hopeless "nerd," a bumbling oaf with no social sense, little intelligence, and even less tact, but he cannot bring himself to ask Rick to leave.

R. B. Hill, retired professor of theatre at Southern Miss and veteran Southern Arena Theatre (summer season) director, returns to direct the production.

Tickets are $10 general admission, $8 for Southern Miss faculty and staff and senior citizens, and $6 for students.

For tickets, call the Southern Miss Ticket Office at (601) 266-5418 or 800-844-8425 or order online at www.usm.edu/tickets. Tickets may be purchased at the theatre box office one hour prior to curtain time for each performance.

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September 9, 2004 10:55 AM