2020-21 Forum Season

The Nerd

Saturday, May 1 at 2:00 & 6:00 PM; Sunday, May 2 at 2:00 PM
(German Park Amphitheater)

Now an aspiring young architect in Terre Haute, Indiana, Willum Cubbert has often told his friends about the debt he owes to Rick Steadman, a fellow ex-GI whom he has never met but who saved his life after he was seriously wounded in Vietnam. He has written to Rick to say that, as long as he is alive, “you will have somebody on Earth who will do anything for you” —so Willum is delighted when Rick shows up unexpectedly at his apartment on the night of his thirty-fourth birthday party. But his delight soon fades as it becomes apparent that Rick is a hopeless “nerd” —a bumbling oaf with no social sense, little intelligence and less tact. And Rick stays on and on, his continued presence among Willum and his friends leading to one uproarious incident after another, until the normally placid Willum finds himself contemplating violence—a dire development which, happily, is staved off by the surprising “twist” ending of the play. We hope you will join us for Larry Shue’s side-splitting comedy, The Nerd. Performances will take place at the German Park Amphitheater. General admission tickets will be sold on location for $5 each. 

Jack and the Beanstalk

March 12, 2021, 8:00 PM; March 13, 2021, 3:00 & 7:00 PM

Jack’s life is tough. He and his mother have no money, no food, a run-down house, and an opera-singing cow that won’t give milk. Just as he’s about to be sent off to an orphanage, Jack meets a mysterious stranger, who gives him three magic beans, along with an even more mysterious piece of advice that sets Jack climbing up a beanstalk and into the clouds. There, he meets a Giant who would do anything to change places with him. With the help of a wise-cracking hen and a self-absorbed cow, can all of their problems be solved? Join us for Marjorie Sokoloff’s wacky, humorous adaptation of Jack and the Beanstalk. This show will be live-streamed only to the public. Visit mlc-wels.edu/forum to access the show streaming information.

(NO ONE-ACT PLAY THIS YEAR BECAUSE OF THE CHANGE IN THE CALENDAR AFTER THANKSGIVING)

Monty Python’s Spamalot–Socially Distant Concert-ish Version

To address social distance restrictions during the pandemic of 2020, this “concert-ish” version of Spamalot is intended to be played to a socially separated audience by a cast of socially separated actors, appropriately placed.

Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Monty Python’s Spamalot (Eric Idle and John Du Prez) retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, and features such unexpected setbacks as cows, killer rabbits, and French people. The 2005 Broadway production won three Tony® Awards, including Best Musical, and was followed by two successful West End runs. The outrageous, uproarious, and gloriously entertaining story of King Arthur and the Lady of the Lake will delight audiences as they search for the Holy Grail and “always look on the bright side of life.”

This musical was canceled and will not be rescheduled.