Rockford Auburn Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) High School invites you to meet Arnold, Lucien, Barry and Norman — four mentally disabled men living in a group home in Boston. Meet their caretaker, Jack, who is struggling to continue treating the boys with respect and love and thinks it may be time to move on to a new job. Spend some time in roughly two months of their chaotic, different lives as Norman’s new girlfriend comes over to his “pad” for the first time, Barry’s father comes to visit, Lucien appeals to the State “sneck,” and Arnold tries to move to Russia.
In The Boys Next Door, written by Tom Chiodo, the audience witnesses a side of our society that is not so frequently portrayed on the stage. For some, it may be their first experience with anyone who is mentally or physically disabled.
The aim and vision of this play is to show society that the mentally and physically disabled are not contained into their own little world, and who they are is who we are.
Shows run Jan. 17-20 at Rockford Auburn High School, 5110 Auburn St. Show times are 7:30 p.m., Thursday ($5); 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday ($8); and 2 p.m., Sunday ($8). For tickets, visit seatyourself.biz/auburncapa or call (815) 966-3300, ext. 10111.
Stage direction is by James L. Crow, with technical direction by Joselyn Ludtke. The show features the talents of Sebastian Giakas as Jack Palmer, Phillip Fox as Arnold Wiggins, Edward Robinson as Lucien P. Smith, Dennis Littlejohn III as Norman Bulansky, and Chadi Soufan as Barry Klemper. Also featured are Nick Cordonnier, Katie Garner, Theresa Garner, Jacob Herrmann, Moira McCarthy-King, Donte McCline, Patricia Mubrigi, Allison Pitman, Sydney Stewart, Cody Woodman and Lucas Wulf.
From the Jan. 16-22, 2013, issue