THE BOYS NEXT DOOR by Tom Griffin, will audition on:
Sunday, October 8 at 6PM
Tuesday, October 10 at 7PM
Production Dates: January 12 - 21
Director: Ed Cornely
The Boys Next Door is a two act comedy-drama about four intellectually challenged men who live together in a small apartment -- and Jack, the caring social worker who is on the verge of career burn-out. The Boys Next Door takes place over the course of two months. The play offers scenes and vignettes to illustrate the daily lives of Jack and his four mentally challenged wards. Presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.
Principal Characters (please note, ages of male characters are flexible):
Jack (Lead): Male
Jack has not worked as their supervisor for very long - eight months at the play's beginning. It seems he has difficulty finding his own life's purpose. He sometimes eats lunch by himself at the side of the railroad tracks. He complains about bumping into his ex-wife. Even when he manages to find another job as a traveling agent, the audience is left to decide whether or not this will provide fulfillment.
Arnold Wiggins (Lead): Male
Arnold is the first character whom the audience meets. A mildly mentally challenged man who works at a movie theater, hyperactive and talks constantly, he is often abused by coworkers and is afraid to fight back, tends to be OCD.He is the most articulate of the group. More than the other roommates, he tries to function in the outside world, but sadly many people take advantage of him.
Norman Bulansky (Lead): Male
Norman is the romantic of the group. An overweight, middle-aged mentally challenged man who works at a doughnut shop, romantically involved with Sheila, a woman from another group home, very proud and possessive of his large ring of keys.
Lucien P. Smith (Lead): Male
The character with the severest case of mental challenge among the four men, Lucien is the most child-like of the group. His verbal capacity is limited, like that of a four-year old. Although he functions at about a second-grade level, he checks out books from the library, despite the fact he cannot read.
Barry Klemper (Supporting): Male
Barry is a young schizophrenic man who gets highly agitated over small things, has had a traumatic life growing up due to his abusive father and has been in and out of institutions. The most aggressive of the group, Barry spends most of his time boasting about being a Golf Pro (although he does not yet own a set of clubs).
Sheila (Supporting): Female
Sheila is a mentally challenged woman who is in love with Norman, and who desperately wants his large ring of keys.
Mr. Klemper (Supporting): Male
Barry's explosive, abusive, physically handicapped father.
Mrs. Fremus/Mrs. Warren/Clara (Supporting): Female
Mrs. Fremus, a widow who lives next door;
Mrs. Warren, a new neighbor;
Clara, Sheila's mentally disabled friend.
Mr. Hodges/Mr. Corbin/Senator Clark (Supporting): Male
Mr. Hodges, Barry's golf student whose patience only goes so far; Mr. Corbin, the movie theater manager;
Senator Clark, a dignified public servant.