MSU Theatre Tackles Dark Comedy with Wendy and the Neckbeards

Michigan State University’s Department of Theatre will present Wendy and the Neckbeards, a new play written in 2020 by Kari Bentley-Quinn. Performances run November 12, 14, and 16-21 at the Arena Theatre in the MSU Auditorium Building. Attendees must be masked for the health and safety of our students.

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Emily Herman (Senior BFA Acting), who plays Wendy, poses for Instagram post.

Wendy and the Neckbeards is a modern, dark comedy that follows the interconnected stories of body-positive wannabe influencer Wendy, her internet trolls, and the real people behind the awful comments we all read on Instagram.

“This show is a biting social commentary on several topics including the influence of social media, body shaming, body positivity, cyber-bullying, and more,” said Director Claire Wilcher. “It’s an examination of the current era of internet harassment, toxic masculinity, and the cycle of abuse towards women in America.”

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Costume design renderings for Neckbeards by MFA Design student Mona Jahani

Tickets for Wendy and the Neckbeards are $20 for general admission, $18 for MSU faculty and staff and seniors, and $10 for students. Tickets are available online at, at the Wharton Center box office, or by calling 1-800-WHARTON.

Performance Dates and Times

  • Friday, November 12, 2021, at 8 p.m.
  • *Sunday, November 14, 2021, at 2 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 16, 2021, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 17, 2021, at 7:30 p.m.
  • **Thursday, November 18, 2021, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, November 19, 2021, at 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 20, 2021, at 2 and 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 21, 2021, at 2 p.m.

*Director Pre-Show Discussion Sunday, November 14, 2021, at 1:15 p.m.
**Post-show discussion on Thursday, November 18, 2021, following the performance. For more information on the show and other MSU Department of Theatre productions, visit: