The Boys Next Door

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 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 who is devastated by the unfeeling rejection of his brutal father, 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 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.

Cast/Characters

Arnold Wiggins – Ian A. Pfister

Lucien P. Smith – Tyrone Wesley

Jack – David B. Annis, Jr.

Norman Bulansky – Chuck Sommers

Barry Klemper – Kevin Alan Heling

Mr. Hedges -Patrick Burke

Mrs. Fremus – Char Koehler

Mrs. Warren – Joan Kay Beirsdorf

Shelia – Ellen Luebke

Clara – Tara Ann Oberle

Mr. Corbin – Donald Held

Mr. Klemper – Harold C. Lang

Senator Clarke – Troy M. Schoening

Production Staff

Director: Ralph Maffongelli

Set and Light Design: Marty Kooi

Stage Managers: Kathleen Beuttenmueller, Jean Deltgen Enking

Costume Design: Janice Robichaud

Master Electrician: Deb Krause

Sound Design: Gregory M. Blindauer

Properties: Rita Lang

Make-Up Design: Pamela Rutherford

Master Carpenter: Dave Krause

Paint Master: Peter Moody

Cover Art: Bev Nowicki