“The Boys Next Door” offers an insightful appreciation via comedy and drama of four men with intellectual and developmental disabilities who live under the supervision of an earnest, but increasingly “burned out,” young social worker named Jack.
Norman, who works in a doughnut shop, takes great pride in the huge bundle of keys that dangles from his waist. Lucien P. Smith has the mind of a five-year-old but imagines that he is able to read and comprehend the weighty books he lugs about. Arnold, the ringleader of the group, is a hyperactive, compulsive chatterer, who suffers from deep-seated insecurities and a persecution complex; while Barry, a brilliant schizophrenic, fantasizes that he is a golf pro.
Mingled with scenes from the daily lives of these four, where “little things” sometimes become momentous (and often very funny), are moments of great poignancy when, with touching effectiveness, we are reminded that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, like the rest of us, want only to love and laugh and find some meaning and purpose.
"The Boys Next Door” moves the audience to an awareness of how many things in everyday life we take for granted…" —NY Times.
* The show contains some mature language.
Arnold Wiggins: Tom Valentine
Lucien P. Smith: Daniel Ellis
Norman Bulansky: Dave Ruddat
Jack Palmer: Kristjan Nixon
Barry Klemper: Dylan McQuistion
Mr. Hedges/Mr. Corbin/Senator Clarke: Israel Kanz
Mrs. Fremus/Mrs. Warren/Clara: Rhonda Burris
Sheila: Sarah Kanz
Mr. Klemper: Jarid A. Clapp Sr.
Director: Alisa DeMers
Assistant Director: Kimberly Zerr
Set Designer/Head of Construction: Brad Waltman
Set Construction: Rex Craven, Alfred Haugen, Scott Hipple, Larry Johnson, Andy Klitzke, Steve Parker, Aaron Siebersma and Hyrma Zakahi
Technical Director: Greg Peters
Tech Assistant: Alfred Haugen
Costumers: Rachel Hearn and Autumn Stout
Props Master: Lee Ann Smith
Props Assistants: Brittani Snow, Jessica Tarrant and Pat Tarrant
Stage Manager: Pat Prince
Backstage Crew: Kimberly Barrett and Autumn Stout
Makeup Artist: Jennifer Bieser
IDD Volunteer Coordinator/House Manager: Beth Haskins
Publicity Photo/Headshots: Joshua Penrod
Marquee Photos: Jennifer Baker
Photo Marquee Layout: Molly Valentine
Graphic Designers: Kathryn Vandel and Joshua Penrod
Publicity: Michele Beeler
Program Design: Adam Lichty and Alisa DeMers
Box Office: Deb Hiatt
"The Boys Next Door" is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.