The Boys Next Door

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The Boys Next Door was written in the early 1980s by Tom Griffin. Originally titled Damaged Hearts, Broken Flowers, the play was fortunately renamed and revised for a 1987 production at the Berkshire Theatre Festival. The Boys Next Door 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 career burn-out.

The original text

The play was first presented at the McCarter Theatre, Princeton University on 12 June 1986.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

Produced in South Africa by the Baxter Theatre opening 15 October 1986, directed by Leonard Schach, featuring David Clatworthy, Farouk Valley-Omar, Russel Savadier, Jeremy Crutchley, David Alcock, Kate Edwards, Keith Grenville, Zoë Randall and James Irwin. Design by Brian Collins.


Barrow, Brian & Williams-Short, Yvonne (eds.). 1988. Theatre Alive! The Baxter Story 1977-1987.

The Boys Next Door theatre programme, 1986.

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