Creator

Shelby Lewis

Advisor

Schuttler, Mary J.

Committee Member

McNally, Gillian

Department

Theatre Education

Institution

University of Northern Colorado

Type of Resources

Text

Place of Publication

Greeley (Colo.)

Publisher

University of Northern Colorado

Date Created

12-2018

Genre

Thesis

Extent

168 p.

Digital Origin

Born digital

Abstract

The Boys Next Door was a progressive and popular piece of theatre when first produced in 1986 and remains a ripe tool for spreading disability consciousness if mounted with research and respect. Playwright, Tom Griffin, chronicles a series of amusing and meaningful events in the lives of four men with varying levels of cognitive impairments told through the lens of Jack Palmer, their able-bodied supervisor. The goal of this thesis production was to illuminate the opportunities, challenges, and considerations required to produce this play with a message that is progressive to the goals of the disability community rather than detrimental. Through the implementation of disability conscious production practices such as the direct involvement of the local disabled community, inclusive casting and hiring processes within the cast and crew, and honoring its time period as a history play within the disability theatrical canon, this production of The Boys Next Door granted actors and audience members alike the opportunity to experience a glimpse into the authentic disabled experience and witness the unsung abilities of individuals with disabilities who are, in fact, next door.

Degree type

MA

Degree Name

Master

Language

English

Local Identifiers

LewisThesis18

Rights Statement

Copyright is held by the author.

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