Letters from a Nut, a new show based on the best-selling book series of prank letters and their responses from Ted L. Nancy (a persona of comedian Barry Marder), will debut at the Geffen Playhouse June 23 as part of the theatre’s Spotlight Entertainment Series.
Jerry Seinfeld, who directed the Broadway premiere of Colin Quinn: Long Story Short, will produce the limited engagement, which will star Marder, Beth Kennedy, and Sam Kwasman. Pierre Balloón will direct.
Letters from a Nut will officially open June 28 in the Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater; performances will continue through July 30.
“Ted L. Nancy is a customer in need of service," according to press notes. “He writes to the city of Huntington Beach requesting a permit for operating his Electronic Nose Blowing Machine, invites Czechoslovakian President Václav Havel to become Treasurer of Ted’s Vacuum Club, asks Nordstrom about buying a mannequin that looks like his deceased neighbor to present to the grieving widow, and more. Time after time, well-meaning representatives offer earnest replies to his letters.”
In a statement, Seinfeld said, “What is Ted’s compulsion to disturb innocent hardworking people? People who are clearly doing nothing more than attempting to conduct their business in a dignified manner?”
The first book in the Letters from a Nut series was published in 1997 with an introduction by Seinfeld.
Tickets will go on sale March 27 at GeffenPlayhouse.org.