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Friday, June 2, 2017

Audition: Open Call for “The Boys Next Door” at Center Players

Center Players, Freehold’s resident theater company, will be holding open auditions for its “Signature Series” presentation of “The Boys Next Door,” to be directed by Dave McGrath. It is scheduled to be presented 8/4- 8/20/17 at Center Playhouse, located at 35 South Street in downtown Freehold. 


WHAT: Auditions for “The Boys Next Door” by Tom Griffin 

 WHERE: Center Playhouse, 35 South Street, Freehold, NJ. 

 WHEN: 8/4 – 8/20/17 Nine performances, Fri & Sat at 8 pm and Sun at 2 pm 

 AUDITION DATESWed. June 7th 7-9 pm Sat. June 10th 2-4 pm 

 AUDITION MATERIAL: Be prepared to read from sides from show 

 BRING: Headshot and resume if available 


 Arnold Wiggins is a man who lives with a mild mental disability who works at a movie theater as a janitor. He tends to be very obsessive compulsive. 

Norman Bulansky is a middle-aged man with mental disabilities who works at a doughnut shop. Eating doughnuts at his job has caused him to become overweight. 

 Lucien P. Smith is a large African-American man who faces extremely debilitating mental disorders. Despite the fact that he cannot read, Smith insists on checking out armloads of books from the library. 

Barry Klemper is a 28-year-old man with schizophrenia who believes he is a pro golfer. He gets highly agitated over small things. 

Jack Palmer is the social worker for the four handicapped men. He's found himself increasingly burned out and is thinking about a new line of work. 

 Sheila is Norman's girlfriend. Like Norman, she faces mental disabilities. She is also obsessed with Norman's prized keys and is "no skinny Minnie herself." 

Mr. Klemper is Barry's abusive father. 

 SYNOPSIS: The Boys Next Door, by Tom Griffin, is set in the Boston area, and deals with four men with various mental disabilities who live in a group home. It takes place over roughly a two-month period and consists of brief vignettes about their lives. The play provides a humorous commentary on the men's lives, taking a surprising turn as Barry's father comes to visit and as Jack (their caretaker) accepts a new job. 


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