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Pierre Players Presents:  

The Boys Next Door

April 29, 30 and May 1*, 2016 (Fri, Sat, Sun*)
May 5, 6, 7, 2016 (Thu, Fri, Sat)
Grand Opera House, Pierre, SD
Preview Performance: April 27, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Preview tickets are $5 at the door.

Doors Open at 7:00 p.m., Performance at 7:30 p.m.
*Sunday Matinee Doors Open at 1:30 p.m., Performance at 2 p.m.
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 by Tom Griffin
Director Alisa DeMers
Assistant Director Kimberly Zerr


“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.

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