Upcoming:
THE BOYS NEXT DOOR

SUNDAY, Nov. 18th, 7PM 
MONDAY, Nov. 19th, 7PM

CALLBACKS (if necessary): 
TUESDAY, Nov. 20th, 7PM  

Director: Edwin Howard  
 
Auditions and performances will be held at:
Broad Street United Methodist Church,
36 E. Broad Street, Burlington, NJ 08016
Note: This is a non-union, non-paying production.
 
Performance Dates:  February 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15 & 16, 2019
Set strike on Feb 17 is required for ALL cast & crew.
While we appreciate your interest, please refrain from auditioning if you have conflicts with ANY performance dates.
 
About the Show:  In a communal residence in a New England City, four men with disabilities live under the supervision of an earnest but increasingly burned-out young social worker. The Boys Next Door blends scenes from the residents’ daily lives (where “little things” sometimes become both momentous and comic) with moments of great poignancy, reminding us that those with disabilities are like everyone else, wanting only to love, laugh and find some meaning and purpose in life.

About the Auditions:  Bridge Players is seeking 7 men and 2 women.   All roles are open. Please prepare a short dramatic or comedic monologue, as well as be prepared to do cold readings from the show.  Also bring a headshot and resume stapled together, and be prepared to provide all potential conflicts for evening and weekend rehearsals beginning November 25th.
Questions: e-mail: edwinhoward29@gmail.com

Character Breakdown: *ages and ranges are suggested
 
-Arnold Wiggins: Age 30-50. A mildly mentally disabled man who works at a movie theater. The most articulate of the four men, almost acts as ringleader at times. Hyperactive, talks constantly, has OCD tendencies. Is easily taken advantage of.

-Norman Bulansky: Age 25-45. Overweight. Mentally disabled. Works at a doughnut shop. He is the romantic of the group, has a girlfriend named Sheila. He is obsessed with his large set of keys he always wears.

-Barry Klemper: Age 25-45. A schizophrenic who believes his a golf pro (yet does not own golf clubs). Has a short fuse at times. Has had a traumatic life due to an abusive father and has been in and out of institutions.

-Lucien P Smith: Age 30-55. Part is traditionally played by an African-American actor. The most severely mentally disabled man in the group. He functions at a second grade level at best. Checks out books from the library constantly even though he can't read.

-Jack: Age 25-45. The social worker/caretaker for the four men. He enjoys and genuinely cares for these four men, but is becoming burned out and is considering a new line of work.

-Sheila: Age 25-45. Norman's girlfriend. Mentally disabled at about the same level as Norman. Norman describes her as "no skinny Minnie herself". She is also obsessed with Norman's keys.

-Mr. Klemper: Age 50-70. Barry's father. Explosive, abusive.

-Mrs. Fremus/Mrs. Warren/Clara: Age 25-60. Mrs. Fremus is a widow who lives next door; Mrs. Warren is a new neighbor; Clara is Sheila's mentally disabled friend. Note: The three parts are played by one actress.

-Mr. Hodges/Mr. Corbin/Senator Clark: Age 25-60. Mr. Hodges is Barry's golf student whose patience only goes so far; Mr. Corbin is the movie theater manager where Arnold works; Senator Clark is a dignified public servant. Note: The three parts are played by one actor.