Open Auditions for The Boys Next Door


Director: Sandra Deering

Assistant Director: Jake Wagner

Synopsis: 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, 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 Dates:

Sunday, August 25th
Registration begins at 6:30pm; auditions begin at 7:00pm


Monday, August 26th
Registration begins at 6:30pm; auditions begin at 7:00pm


Performance dates:

November 1st, 2nd, 3rd
November 8th, 9th, 10th
November 14th, 15th, 16th


To request audition cuts, please email the director at:

**In your email, please indicate the role(s) you are interested in (see below) and feel free to ask Sandra if you have any questions about any characters.  It is strongly suggested that you come to the audition with these materials prepared.

**Age listed below is the age of the character, not necessarily the age of the actor.

**If you cannot attend either of the audition dates, please email the director at the address above by August 4th to arrange a pre-audition.


Characters [Seeking 9 actors] :

Jack – Male
The social worker for the four men, becoming burned out, thinking about a new line of work. Narrates the story. (lead)
Age: 28-45

Arnold Wiggins – Male
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/High functioning Autism. (lead)
Age: 28-45

Norman Bulansky – Male
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. Cognitively Approx. age 8. (lead)
Age: 33-55

Lucien P. Smith – Male
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. (lead)
Age: 25-50

Barry Kemper – Male
A young schizophrenic man who believes he is a golf pro, gets highly agitated over small things, has had a traumatic life growing up due to his abusive father and has been in and out of institutions. (lead)
Age: 18-40

Sheila – Female
A mentally challenged woman who is in love with Norman, desperately wants his large ring of keys. (supporting)
Age: 30-55

Mr. Klemper – Male
Barry’s explosive, abusive, physically handicapped father. (supporting)
Age: 40-70

Mrs. Fremus/Mrs. Warren/Clara – Female
Mrs. Fremus, a widow who lives next door; Mrs. Warren, a new neighbor; Clara, Sheila’s mentally disabled friend. Note: The three parts above can be played by one actress or multiple actresses. (supporting)
Age: 20-70

Mr. Hodges/Mr. Corbin/Senator Clark – Male
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 may be played by one actor or multiple actors. (supporting)
Age: 20-70

**It is a challenge to play Mentally ill/Mentally handicapped roles authentically and accurately. The director has offered these examples to draw from:

Michael Keaton in the Dream Team :

Christopher Lloyd in the Dream Team :

Juliette Lewis and Giovanni Ribisi in The Other Sister :

Larry Drake in LA Law :