by Tom Griffin
You may laugh. You may cry. You will think.
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THE STORY: The place is a communal residence in a New England city, where four mentally handicapped men live under the supervision of an earnest, but increasingly “burned out” young social worker named Jack.
Norman, who works in a doughnut shop and is unable to resist the lure of the sweet pastries, takes great pride in the huge bundle of keys that dangles from his waist. Lucien P. Smith has the mentality of a four-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. Barry, a brilliant schizophrenic, fantasizes that he is a golf pro.
The story spans a period in the daily lives of these four, where “little things” sometimes become momentous (and often very funny). There are moments of great poignancy when we are reminded that the handicapped, like the rest of us, want only to love and laugh and find some meaning and purpose in the brief time that they, like their more fortunate brothers, are allotted on this earth.
CastNorman Bulansky . . . . . .Chuck Walker
Senator Clark . . . . . . . Tim Smailes
Mr. Corbin . . . . . . . .Jenzen Harris
Mrs. Fremus . . . . . . . . Abbie Brown
Mr. Hedges . . . . . . . Kiernan Lynch
Barry Klemper . . . . . . .Adam Lambert
Mr. Klemper . . . . . . . Fred Herrmann
Clara . . . . . . . . . . .Tory Wakelin
Sheila . . . . . . . . . . Emily Brooks
Jack Palmer . . . . . . . . . Sam Ellis
Lucien P. Smith . . . . . .Paul Salinas
Arnold Wiggins . . . . . . . Tom Brooks
Directors . . . . Beth & Tom Brooks
Technical Director . . . . John Coventry
Stage Manager . . . . Abbie Brown
Assistant Stage Manager . . . . Nina Conrad
THE BOYS NEXT DOOR is presented by special arrangement with Broadway Licensing, LLC, servicing the Dramatists Play Service collection. (www.dramatists.com)
Morgan Arts Council, PO Box 248, Berkeley Springs, WV 25411 • 304-258-2300The Ice House is located at Independence & Mercer Streets in Berkeley Springs, WV.
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