Word Nerd

A Senior Thesis in Theater & Performance Studies for Bibiana Torres, Simon Rabinowitz, & Will Wegner and a Senior Thesis in Music for Griffin Strout

by Will Wegner, Charlie Romano, & Simon Rabinowitz

Poster for the show

Bob Otto is America’s second favorite cruciverbalist (someone skillful in creating or solving crossword puzzles) and the host of his very own syndicated television game show, Word Nerd. But when the show’s producers devise a questionable plan to boost the show’s falling ratings, Bob is faced with a difficult choice. Should he maintain his personal and professional integrity, or do whatever it takes to save the show from its imminent cancellation?

An excerpt of Word Nerd was presented at the 2022 American Crossword Puzzle Tournament, earning the show a mention in The New York TimesIf you were not able to reserve a ticket, we highly encourage you to show up early to any performance to get a spot on the waitlist. The waitlist will be first come, first serve, and we anticipate being able to accomodate several audience members for each performance. See you at the show!

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Performance Dates & Times

April 22, 2022 - 8:00pm

April 23, 2022 - 2:00pm

April 27, 2022 - 8:00pm

April 29, 2022 - 8:00pm

Location

Theater and Performance Studies black box, 53 Wall Street

Venue Accessibility: 
Building is accessible via a ramp on the Church Street side. Venue and facilities are located on the main floor.

Patron Information

This performance is open to asymptomatic patrons with an up-to-date vaccination status.

Front of House staff will be checking tickets, IDs, and proof of vaccination.

Yale-approved masks  are required for all audience members.

Performers

Charlie & others
Patrice & others
Cynthia & others
Gary & others
Marianne & others
Oliver & others
Mike & others
Marley & others
Announcer
Keys 2
Bass
Adin Ring
Reed 1
Nadira Novruzov
Reed 2
Reed 3
Eli Gilbert
Cello
Allison Cho

Production Team

Book Writer
Book Writer
Book Writer
Composer
Lyricist
Director
Orchestrator
Musical Director
Stage Manager
Associate
Producer
Orchestra Director
Sound Designer
Lighting Designer
Costume Designer
Set Designer
Kapp Singer
Sound Engineer
Associate
Musical Director
Associate
Musical Director
Associate
Stage Manager
Associate
Stage Manager
Props Designer
Projections Designer
Assistant
Producer
Assistant
Director
Assistant
Musical Director
Assistant
Musical Director
Assistant
Musical Director
Eli Gilbert
Assistant
Set Designer
Assistant
Costume Designer
Assistant
Lighting Designer
Assistant
Sound Designer
Makeup Artist
Assistant
Stage Manager
Assistant
Stage Manager
Assistant
Producer
Assistant
Producer
Will de Santis
Dramaturg
Dramaturg
Associate
Orchestrator
Eli Gilbert
Assistant
Orchestrator