The Boys Next Door 2008 – Iowa State University Theatre

by Tom Griffin

In a New England town four mentally challenged young men are living in a communal residence. The story of their daily life is told through the perspective of Jack, the increasingly “burned out” social worker who teaches and looks after them. Filled with humor, the play is also marked by compassion and understanding; it touchingly communicates that these four men are like the rest of us who want to love and be loved and find some meaning and purpose in the too brief time we are allotted on earth.

February 1 and 2 at 7:30 p.m., February 3 at 2 p.m.

Fisher Theater – Ames

The Cast

Arnold Wiggins – John Flotho
Lucien P. Smith – Ben Passer
Norman Bulansky  – William T. Mort
Barry Klemper – Brenden Dunphy
Jack – Andrew Schmeisser
Sheila – Kelly Teitsworth
Mr. Kempler – Marty Ellenberger
Mrs. Fremus – Carrie Taylor
Mrs. Warren – Carrie Taylor
Clara – Carrie Taylor
Mr. Hedges – Michael Rubke
Mr. Corbin – Michael Rubke
Senator Clarke – Michael Rubke

Production Team

Director – Patrick Gouran
Guest Scenic Designer – Tiffany Fier
Costume Designer – Greg Duckett
Lighting Designer – Jim Trenberth
Stage Manager – Lindsey Osborn
Makeup Design Assistants – Alexis Kline, Alycia Reed, Stephanie Sanyour, Chelsea Volpe
Costume Design Assistants – Anna Sunstrom, A.J. Delfs, Anna Krieger
Light Board Operator – Kim Chelf
Sound Board Operator – Justen Jones
Stagehand – Jamie Quarnstrom
Dresser – Erica Neilsen
Scenic Artists – Will Dean, Rob Sunderman, Jaime Wood, Nick Veenstra
Volunteer Coordinator – Gregory Duckett
Props Master – Jaime Wood
Photography – Patrick Gouran
Program Design – Liese VanderBroek
Costume Shop Supervisor – Doris Nash
Costume Shop Assistants – Molly Davis, Amanda Lensch, Amanda Levins, Emma Rose Miles, Kelsey Nation, Joanna Suckling, Justine Year
Technical Director – Emily Brainerd
Scene Shop Assistants – Jianna Dakin, Will Dean, Ben Howell, Nick Juelsgaard, William T. Mort, Joseph Seiler, Jaime Wood, Nick Veenstra, Mat Wymore
Box Office Supervisor – Lindsey Osborne
House Managers – William T. Mort, Amanda Mullen, Abby Morton
Secretary – Liese VanderBroek
Publicity Assistant/Poster Design – Devin Miller


Publicity photos and production photos by Patrick Gouran

Poster #1 and Poster #2 by Devin Miller

Read about it in the Iowa State Daily and Inside Iowa State!