IDENTITY THEATER-Where Individuality comes to Play! Is a company devoted to exploring works about the human condition. We utilize actors of every shape, size, and ability. Our childrens wing, performs for under-served populations, such as the disabled and senior citizens. By being willing to travel within the 5 boroughs, we hope to make theater accessible for everyone.
Due to its overwhelming response, Identity Theater Company is pleased to announce that their first adult show, The Boys Next Door by Tom Griffin will have 4 additional performances from Dec 12th through Dec. 15th, 2012. Dec 12-14th at 8 pm and Dec. 15th at 7 pm
Press and public is invited to attend all shows. The theater is located at Drilling CompaNY 236 W78th St., NY, NY, 10024. www.identitytheater.com or call 917-373-9739. Tickets are $18. Cash at door, visit www.identitytheater.com, or purchase tickets through Brown Paper Tickets. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations.
"HEY! This is an off-off-broadway show that I saw last night in the upper west side. It's a comedy from the 80s about four mentally challenged guys that live together as roommates. I'm always skeptical going to random off-off shows, but this one really got to me. GO. The actors are great, the story's touching as Hell, and there's a lot of that early/mid-80s theatrical direct address, if you're into that. It only runs this weekend."
"The best thing I have seen on or off Broadway in the last 5 years. Great script, outstanding acting. The time flew by. Add me to your mailing list please."
"Last night's performance of "The Boys Next Door" was one of the best, if not the best production that we have seen a long time . We were so moved by the script and performances that when the founder of the Identity Theater Company made a very "understated" pitch for financial assistance I dropped a $50 bill into his bronze cup." Paul G
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 which 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 which 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, where "little things" sometimes become momentous (and often very funny), are moments of great poignancy when, with touching effectiveness, 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 which they, like their more fortunate brothers, are allotted on this earth.
Cast: Julie Baber, Richard Biermann*, Philip Chaffin*, Kate Cherichello, Stephanie Gould*, Christopher Lee*, Eric Loscheider*, Ann McCormack*, Bergin Michaels*, Patrick John Moran*, William Mulligan*
*Appearing courtesy of Actors' Equity Association
Playwright: Tom Griffin Directed by Justin Bennett & Lin Snider Producer: Identity Theater Co. Stage Manager: Mary Linehan Choreographer: Josh Gottesman Costume Designer: Alison Kopki Lighting Designer: Scott Fetterman
Drilling Company (View)
236 W 78th St
New York, NY 10024