"As you can imagine, there are many embarrassing moments between Willum and his guests," Joe said. "Rick is a strange nerd who overstays his welcome with a vengeance and Willum goes to outrageous lengths to be rid of him. Essentially, it's a classic fish-out-of-water story.
"One of the challenges is keeping everything as real as possible while dishing out the laughs. We want the audience to identify and sympathise with our characters in what are sometimes extraordinary circumstances."
"I had the good fortune to play the title role in The Foreigner last year, which was also written by Larry Shue," Joe said. "The success of the show led Serial Productions to take on the challenge of producing another comedy by the same playwright. As I was going to be away for the some of the performance dates and couldn't be in it, I put my hand up to direct the show."
"The character of Willum feels duty-bound to welcome and accept someone to whom he owes a deep debt but whose cluelessness threatens to ruin both his professional and personal lives. How much would you put up with from someone to whom you owe so much?"
"He wants to see them get everything they want in life, although he'd hardly come out and admit it. Axel really wants to help Willum get through a sticky situation while having a bit of fun at the same time."
The main challenge, according to Alan, is trying to keep a straight face. "We have a superb cast with great comedic timing which, combined with a hilarious script, means it's awfully hard at times to keep it all together," he said. "I hope the audience laughs at it as much as we have while rehearsing!"
"I was approached by Serial Productions to take on the role of Axel in The Nerd, which was a very humbling experience," Alan said. "When I read the script I knew Axel would be a lot of fun to play – there's a lot of crazy things happening and he's usually in the thick of it. Serial Productions has a reputation for putting on high quality shows and it was too good an opportunity to pass up."