In a communal residence in a New England city, four mentally handicapped men live under the supervision of a young social worker named Jack, charged with helping them live regular lives. Norman works at a donut shop and has a thing for keys; Barry thinks he is a golf pro and doesn’t communicate well with his father; Arnold is into all things Russian and has a habit of spending money; and Lucien, who is into Spider Man, must testify before the state senate. In the daily lives of these four, “little things” become momentous and also very funny, yielding a poignant reminder that the handicapped, like the rest of us, want only to love and laugh and find some meaning and purpose.
This moving comedy and drama underscores “an awareness of how many things in everyday life we take for granted” (New York Times).
MATTHEW CONLON (Arnold) was seen most recently at HTC in last season’s An Act of the Imagination. Selected NYC: HB Playwrights: The Game of Love and Death (with Herbert Berghof); Freud’s Last Session (with Fritz Weaver) and The Chase; Sonnet Rep: The Tempest; EST: The Traveling Lady; La Mama: A Human Equation. Partial Regional: Penobscot: To Kill a Mockingbird; Bay Street: Men’s Lives; Cleveland Play House: The Importance of Being Earnest; O’Neill: Fuddy Meers; Stage West: Suddenly Last Summer (with Kim Hunter); Mendelssohn: Oedipus Rex. Recent Film: Sweet Lorraine; The Crimson Mask; The Man from the City. TV: Law and Order(s); One Life to Live. Thanks now and always to Julie.
SCOTT HOFER (Norman) is thrilled to be working at HTC with Ed and this wonderful cast and crew. He appeared at the John Drew in Run For Your Wife, Lend Me a Tenor, Barrymore, Greater Tuna and director for Lips Together, Teeth Apart. Acting credits: Shakespeare in Love, Our Town, Kiss Me Kate, I Hate Hamlet, Death of a Salesman, Lombardi, Hairspray, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Producers, Fiction, Beauty & the Beast, True West, Art, The Lisbon Traviata, Fully Committed, Torch Song Trilogy, Cuckoo’s Nest, How the Other Half Loves, Other People’s Money, The Foreigner, Fiddler on The Roof, Forum, and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare-abridged. Directing credits: Breaking Legs, Ruthless, Psycho Beach Party, Other People’s Money, Steel Magnolias, The Lady in Question, Last Night at Ballyhoo, and The Dixie Swim Club. Scott appears as Sam in “Night for Day” (www.nightfordaymovie.com) and Lieutenant McDermott in The Night Never Sleeps starring Eric Roberts, Armand Assante and Robert Clohessy.
JESSICA HOWARD (Sheila) is thrilled to return to the stage at Hampton Theatre Company after much too long away. Previous productions at HTC: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Nurse Flynn), Picnic (Christine), The Odd Couple Female Version (Vera), The Oldest Living Graduate (Martha Ann), Steel Magnolias (Annelle), Ah, Wilderness (Muriel), The Crucible (Susannah). Other productions: Playcrafters – Steel Magnolias (Annelle), Once in a Lifetime (Susan); Gateway Playhouse – Evita (Mistress), Phantom (Ensemble). Her most favorite role is singing with her sisters as The Howard Sisters. Thank you, Seamie, for all the love and support. Love you, honey!
BOB KAPLAN (Mr. Hedges, Mr. Corbin, Senator Clarke) Bob happily returns to Hampton Theatre Company. He has been acting and directing at various theater companies around Long Island for the last 35 years. This year he acted in Peter and the Starcatcher at the Smithtown Performing Arts Center. He has also enjoyed acting in The Price, Don’t Dress for Dinner, Laughter on the 23rd Floor and The Night of the Iguana and has directed the NY area premiere of Becky’s New Car at the Hampton Theatre Company, as well as directed Sylvia, Glengarry Glen Ross, Mauritius, How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Wait Until Dark, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Born Yesterday. Of course, without the support at home by Betsy and Seth, who support his passion for being involved in live theater, he’d be a viewer, not a doer.
CATHERINE MALONEY (Mrs. Fremus, Mrs. Warren, Clara) is delighted to be back on Hampton Theatre Company’s stage in this heartwarming play. Previous HTC credits: Gert in Lost in Yonkers, Betty Chumley in Harvey, and Emilie Ducatel in My Three Angels. Other theatrical credits include performances at Southampton Cultural Center’s Center Stage as Berthe in Boeing Boeing, Veronica Novak in God of Carnage, and diverse roles in Love, Loss and What I Wore, and Mom it’s My Wedding! Catherine has played the role of Kate Keller in Arthur Miller’s classic, All My Sons with Playcrafters Theatre Company, the title role in Becky’s New Car at North Fork Community Theatre, as well as Truvy in Steel Magnolias and Masha in The Three Sisters. Catherine is thoroughly enjoying wearing “different hats” with this fantastically talented cast and crew. Many thanks to her wonderful director Ed Brennan, and to the audience for putting the magic in live theatre! Much love to her Allegra, JP and to her supportive friends and family.
DORIAN M. O’BRIEN (Lucien) Dorian was raised right here on Long Island. He began his first dance of the prance by chance at the age of 7. Since then he has studied, competed and traveled with many production companies. After studying Civil Engineering at the University of Alabama, he followed his spirit toward the art of performance. As a member of the Disney Cruise Line, he was a Main Stage performer portraying Tarzan and several other characters. He is at his happiest on stage, with great lighting and fabulous tunes! Special thanks to his family for their never ending support.
SPENCER SCOTT (Barry) is an actor based in New York City. He trained at Syracuse University and HB Studio. This is his second production with Hampton Theatre Company. Film/TV credits include: Suck It Up Princess (Jack), Girl Don’t Change a Thing (Gabriel), and the Investigation Discovery show Young, Hot & Crooked (Nate Norman). Stage credits include: The Master and Margarita (Mathew) at The Russian Arts Theatre, The House of Yes (Anthony) with The Greenhouse Ensemble, A Christmas Carol (Young Scrooge) at the Abingdon Theatre, and An Inspector Calls (Eric) with Hampton Theatre Company. He is a proud member of The Greenhouse Ensemble. Thanks so much Ed for the opportunity to bring this wonderful character to life. A big thank you to this cast and crew for being such a joy to work with. And finally, thank you friends and family for your constant love and support!
PAUL VELUTIS (Jack) is thrilled to make his debut at HTC! Paul’s favorite credits include Twelve Angry Men (Juror #6), John W Engeman Theater, Noises Off (Gary), CM Performing Arts Center, and Hairspray (Link), CM Performing Arts Center. Paul would love to thank Ed Brennan for giving him this opportunity to be a part of this wonderful production and work with such a great group of people. Love to my beautiful wife Justine! Break legs!
TOM GRIFFIN (Playwright) Born in 1946 in Providence, Rhode Island, as an actor Tom Griffin was a company member of the Trinity Square Repertory Company in Providence from 1974 to 1983, and also performed with Theatre Company of Boston. His plays have been produced on Broadway, Off-Broadway, in London’s West End, at regional theaters and in Asia, Africa and Australia. Other plays by Griffin include: Amateurs; Workers; Einstein and The Polar Bear; Pasta; The Taking Away of Little Willie and Mrs. Sedgewick’s Head. The playwright’s most successful work is The Boys Next Door; in 1989 it was the most produced play in America.
EDWARD BRENNAN (Director) is thrilled to be directing for HTC again, having done so for their productions of An Act of the Imagination, Deathtrap and I Hate Hamlet. He has appeared on stage with the Hampton Theatre Company as Inspector Goole in An Inspector Calls, Angus in The Drawer Boy, Joe Foster in Becky’s New Car, Arbuthnot/Arundel in The Enchanted April, Chief Bromden in One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest and Ralph in Frozen. His directing credits also include Doubt, Crossing Delancey, The Heidi Chronicles, Spring Awakening and South Pacific. Ed holds a Master’s degree in Theater and has directed more than 60 productions on Long Island.
SEAN MARBURY (Set Designer) has worked in textile design, built sets for TV series, commercials, and films and worked with the design, engineering and fabrication of race car components. He currently works on high end residential construction. His set designs for HTC include Deathtrap, Other People’s Money, Other Desert Cities, The Foreigner, Harvey, Time Stands Still, November, An Act of the Imagination, Alarms and Excursions, and Clever Little Lies.
SEBASTIAN PACZYNSKI (Lighting Designer) has designed all the company’s productions since 2004 as well as the theater’s lighting system. He has designed lighting for theater, dance and special events in a number of Broadway, Off Broadway, Off Off Broadway and regional venues. He has also worked in film and television as the director of photography. He has designed numerous productions for Guild Hall and for the Hamptons Shakespeare Festival.
DIANA MARBURY (Set Decor) Is delighted to be working alongside of her son, Sean,to give this delightful play its setting. Diana has dressed sets for the last 30 years and still finds it challenging. It would be impossible to do without the many people and businesses who have continuously lent props and furniture, making her job a pleasure. Last but not least, she thanks our audience for their never ending support and encouragement.
TERESA LEBRUN (Costume Designer) is the resident costumer for HTC. She started helping with costumes in 1986 and has designed the costumes for all the company’s productions since 2005. Teresa also costumes for Center Moriches and Westhampton Beach High Schools. She is happy to be working with Ed again and this amazing cast. Much love to her boys, Josh and Noah, family and great friends.
THOMAS DEANGELO (Stage Manger) This is his first show with HTC. His stage manager credits include: On Golden Pond, Oklahoma!, Today I am a Fountain Pen, Inherit the Wind, Mass Appeal, Jake’s Women, Wrong Turn at Lungfish, A Funny…Forum, Cabaret, Greater Tuna, 12 Angry Men, Psycho Beach Party, An Enemy of the People, Our Town, I Oughta Be in Pictures. He also served as Production Assistant for the 1992 Easter show at Radio City Music Hall.
JOSIAH ANDERSON (Lighting/Sound Tech) Josiah is a freelance artist and a student of digital art striving to be accepted to a film school to become a director and screenwriter. He was introduced to HTC as a stagehand for Alarms and Excursions and has since remained a member of the team for each show following and has transitioned into lighting and sound tech.
JULIA MORGAN ABRAMS (House Manager). After retiring from the legal department of Bristol Myers Squibb, Julia began a second career as a volunteer, initially for Literacy Suffolk, HTC and the Southampton Animal Shelter, where she wrote grants and worked in fundraising. She continues to write grants and help with marketing for several local nonprofits. Julia would like to thank all of her dedicated House Assistants for their continued support.
SEAN MARBURY, JOSIAH ANDERSON, CARLOS BUENO, WILLY GARCIA, PATRICK McGLONE, SEAMUS NAUGHTON
JOE PALLISTER (DESIGNINGJOE)
JULIA MORGAN ABRAMS
There are four packages available for THE BOYS NEXT DOOR.
The Rogers Memorial Library in Southampton and the Westhampton Free Library in Westhampton Beach are offering a dinner package on Friday, March 23. Dinner is at Stone Creek Inn in East Quogue at 5 pm, followed by the show at 7 pm. The cost for dinner (including tax and tip) and show is $60. To reserve, please send your check, for $60 per person, to Hampton Theatre Company, PO Box 400, Quogue, NY 11959. Please include your name, address, phone number and email address so that we may email you your tickets. Please reference “March 23 dinner/theater event.” Reservations and payment required by March 19.
The Hampton Bays Public Library is offering a dinner package on Thursday, April 5. Dinner is at 1 North Steakhouse in Hampton Bays at 5 pm, followed by the show at 7 pm. The cost for the dinner (including tax and tip) and show is $60. To register, please call the Hampton Bays Library at 631-728-6241.
The Quogue Library is offering a dinner package on Friday, March 30. Dinner is at The Quogue Club at 5 pm, followed by the show at 7 pm. The cost for dinner (including tax and tip) and show is $70. To register, please call the Quogue Library at 631-653-4224 ext. 101. The Quogue Library package is available first to library members. If space is available, others may participate as well.
The Hampton Theatre Company is offering a lunch and theater package in conjunction with the Saturday matinee on Saturday, April 7. Lunch is at The Quogue Club at the Hallock House in Quogue at 12:30 pm, followed by the show at 2:30 pm. The cost for lunch (including tax and tip) and show is $60. To reserve, please send your check, for $60 per person, to Hampton Theatre Company, PO Box 400, Quogue, NY 11959. Please include your name, address, phone number and email address so that we may email you your tickets. Please reference “April 7 lunch/theater event.” Reservations and payment required by April 3.
“Emotional space held within characters when they are alone with the audience, a sensitive touch with a verbal affectation, a gentle humor that gives the audience a place to empathize with the characters… Hampton Theatre Company’s new production of The Boys Next Door has all the characteristics of such fine performances.”
– Beth Young (East End Beacon)
“Scott Hofer, who plays the donut loving Norman Bulansky, another mentally challenged individual, but one who touches the essence of love on its most basic level. He is brilliant with a Tony Award type of performance.”
– TJ Clemente (Hamptons.com)
“Thanks for an enjoyable and very different evening out.”
– Allen Fein
“Enjoyed it! The acting was incredible.”
– Gladys Mehrmann
“We are frequent visitors to your theater and the entertainment you bring to our community is wonderful. The acting was wonderful.”
– Carol Lundin
“Wonderful productions and extremely talented performers. We are fortunate to have this little theater in our midst. Thoroughly enjoyed the production of The Boys Next Door. The cast was amazing.”
– Jacquelyn Fallon Gilhooley
“The cast of The Boys Next Door left the stage before I had the presence of mind to give them a standing ovation. Aside from the fact that I left the theater in tears, and that the script hit the nail on the head, the actors are outstanding! They had to put themselves in the mind and body of someone they had never been and would never be. From the idiosyncrasies of their speech to their mannerisms and bringing life to subtle backstories, these actors deserve high praise.”
– Terry Miller Wildrick
FROM MONTAUK HIGHWAY (ROUTE-80):
Montauk Highway to light at Otis Ford in Quogue. South onto Jessup Avenue. 1/2 mile to theater (on right).
WHEELCHAIR ACCESS: The theater is wheelchair accessible through the side entrance. If a member of your party needs wheelchair access, please come to front entrance and ask the person taking tickets to open the side door. If a member of your party requires a wheelchair in the theater, please reserve one seat at the end of a row.
ASSISTED LISTENING DEVICES: The theater does not have assisted listening devices at this time.
Gallery – photos by Tom Kochie