by Tom Griffin
Directed by Kevin Sockwell
Produced by Mary Beth Smith-Toomey

Audition Dates & Times
Saturday, December 2, 2017, 11 am - 2 pm
Sunday, December 3, 2017, 7-10 pm
Callbacks by invitation only, if needed, Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 7:30 pm 
Auditions will be held at Sleepy Hollow UMC, Room 104

Audition, Rehearsal & Performance Location
Sleepy Hollow United Methodist Church
3435 Sleepy Hollow Road, Falls Church, VA 22044
SHUMC is located approximately 1.7 miles from the intersection of Sleepy Hollow Road and Leesburg Pike (Route 7)
in the Seven Corners area and about 0.6 mile from the intersection of Sleepy Hollow Road and Columbia Pike (Route 244)

Performance Dates
February 16, 17, 23 & 24 and March 1, 2 & 3, 2018 at 8:00pm
February 18 & 25, 2018 at 3:00 pm


Play Summary

Port City Playhouse seeks actors for the first production of our 40th season, The Boys Next Door by Tom Griffin. The setting 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. 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.

Audition Information

Auditions will consist of readings from the script. Sides will be available at the audition table (not in advance). Rehearsals will begin December 6; a final schedule will be developed once the show is cast and actors’ conflicts have been accounted for. Please be ready to provide an accurate list of all tentative and known conflicts between December 6, 2017, and March 3, 2018.  It is extremely important that you be absolutely honest about your conflicts (tentative and known) as it is very difficult to schedule rehearsals unless all conflicts are known in advance. A conflict will not necessarily preclude you from being cast, as the director will work around actors' conflicts to the best of his ability.

Role Summary

Arnold Wiggins (Lead): Male, 28-45, 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 (Lead): Male, 28-45, 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 (Lead): Male, 25-50, 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. Note: This role is traditionally played by an African-American actor; not required but preferred.
Written for African American, but can be any minority.

Jack (Lead): Male, 28-45, the social worker for the four men, found that he's becoming burned out and is thinking about a new line of work. Written for a male, but director is considering casting any gender

Mrs. Fremus/Mrs. Warren/Clara (Supporting): Female, 18-64, Mrs. Fremus, a widow who lives next door; Mrs. Warren, a new neighbor; Clara, Sheila's mentally disabled friend. Note: The three parts are played by one actress.

Mr. Hodges/Mr. Corbin/Senator Clark (Supporting): Male, 18-64, 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 are played by one actor.

Sheila (Supporting): Female, 18-64

Mr. Klemper (Supporting): Male, 18-64. Same ethnicity as Arnold.

Barry Klemper (Supporting): Male, 18-64

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