ARNOLD WIGGINS: a mildly mentally disabled man who works at a movie theater, hyperactive and talks constantly, often abused by coworkers and is afraid to fight back, tends to be OCD.

NORMAN BULANSKY: an overweight, middle-aged mentally disabled 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: a large man who is very mentally disabled and functions at about a second-grade level, checks out books from the library, despite the fact he cannot read. 

BARRY KLEMPER: a 28-year-old man with schizophrenia who believes he is a pro golfer. He gets highly agitated over small things. This is partly because Barry has had a traumatic life growing up. Later in the story, when Klemper's abusive father visits him for the first time in years, it proves harmful to his mental condition.

JACK: the social worker for the four men, found that he's becoming burned out and is thinking about a new line of work.

SHEILA: a mentally challenged woman who is in love with Norman, desperately wants his large ring of keys.

MRS. FREMUS/MRS. WARREN/CLARA: Mrs. Fremus, a widow who lives next door; Mrs. Warren, a new neighbor; Clara, Sheila's mentally disabled friend. Note: The three parts above are played by one actress.

MR. HODGES/MR. CORBIN/SENATOR CLARK: Mr. Hodges, Barry's golf student whose patience only goes so far; Mr. Corbin, the movie theater manager; Senator Clark, a dignified public servant. Note: The three parts above are played by one actor.

MR. KLEMPER: Barry's explosive, abusive, physically handicapped father.


by Tom Griffin

3/6 - 3/21, 2020

Or Call 765-423-PLAY

A Civic MainStage Production at the Monon Depot Theatre

Directed by Eric Adams

The place is a communal residence in a New England city, where four men with intellectual disabilities live under the supervision of an earnest, but increasingly "burned out" young social worker named Jack. 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 all of us want only to love and laugh and find some meaning and purpose.

Audition Workshop: Sunday, December 15, 5:00-6:15 pm at the Civic Office (313 N 5th St)

There will be an audition workshop on Sunday, December 15 for those interested in auditioning for The Boys Next Door by Tom Griffin. The workshop will be led by Director of Education and Outreach, Julie Baumann, along with show director, Eric Adams. Actors will have a chance to read through the audition sides, and learn more about the show and what to expect from auditions. No sign-ups necessary!

Auditions: TBD

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