Theatre students at Texas A&M University-Kingsville will provide a dramatic look at a young social worker and the four mentally handicapped men in his care when they present The Boys Next Door.
The play will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, and Thursday, March 22, and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 25, admission is $5. This play has a PG-13 rating and will be held in Little Theatre inside the speech Building
The Boys Next Door was written in the early 1980s by Tom Griffin. It was originally titled Damaged Hearts, Broken Flowers, but it was renamed and revised for a 1987 production at the Berkshire Theatre Festival. The production is a two-act comedy-drama about four intellectually disabled men who live together in a small apartment and Jack, the caring social worker who is on the verge of a burnout.
Jack is played by Marcus Perez, a senior English/communications major from Bishop. He has previously appeared in Bethlehem, Boxcar and Blood Wedding.
Danny Cantu plays Norman Bulansky, one of the four residents of the apartment. Norman works in a donut shop and is unable to resist the lure of the pastries.
He takes great pride in the huge bundle of keys he carries. Cantu is a sophomore theatre arts major from Santa Rosa.
He has appeared in Blood Wedding, Tommy and the Wizard of Oz.
The part of Barry Klemper will be played by Lino Placencio, a sophomore theatre arts major from Alice.
The character of Barry is a brilliant schizophrenic who is devastated by the unfeeling rejection of his brutal father.
Placencio has appeared in Tommy, Boxcar and Wizard of Oz.
Michael Lee Mendez, a junior communications major from Corpus Christi, plays Arnold, the ringleader of the group, who is a hyperactive compulsive chatter who suffers from deep-seated insecurities and a persecution complex. Mendez also has appeared in Little Shop of Horrors, Godspell, Once Upon a Mattress and Bethlehem.
The part of Lucien will be played by Myles Martinez, a junior theatre arts major from San Antonio.
Lucien has the mind of a five-year old but imagines that he is able to read and big books he carries around. Martinez also has appeared in The Great Cross Country Race, Boxcar, I Hate Hamlet and Blood Wedding.
Other cast members include
Luis Lopez, a sophomore communication sciences and disorders major from Rio Grande City, as Mr. Kempler. Lopez has previously performed in I Hate Hamlet;
Catherine “Katie” Desiderio, a senior theatre and communication education major from Kingsville, appears as Shiela.
Desiderio has been in Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Mama Drama, Daughters and Tommy;
Wesley Callihan, a senior general business major from Corpus Christi, appears as Mr. Hedges, Mr. Corbin and Senator Clarke; and
Amelia Saenz, a junior communication sciences and disorders major from Rio Grande City, who plays Mrs. Fremus, Mrs. Warren and Clara.
She previously appeared in Blood Wedding.
Corey Ranson, assistant professor, is directing the show and Michelle Flores, a senior theatre arts major from Alice, is the stage manager.
She has appeared in Bethlehem, Once Upon a Mattress, I Hate Hamlet, Daughters, Savage in Limbo, Little Shop of Horrors, Casa Rio, Mama Drama and Dead Man’s Cellphone.
For more information, call 361-593-3401.