Oceanside Theatre Company operating The Brooks Theatre and Studio 219 presents a live stage production of The Boys Next Door written by Tom Griffin and directed by Kathy Brombacher, show dates February 23 to March 3, with preview dates on February 20 and 22. The Brooks Theatre is located at 217 North Coast Hwy in Oceanside.

The play, now in rehearsals, is directed Kathy Brombacher who used to live in Oceanside. Kathy thinks of it as a risky play. It touches on abuse and misunderstanding, but according to her the danger is the stereotypes. Kathy will make it a contemporary production set in our modern time, instead of the 80’s as the play was originally intended to portray. Kathy recently retired from being the producing artistic director for Moonlight Stage Productions. She is known as a prominent figure in the community and as a founding member and driving force behind Moonlight. (See a writeup about Kathy on Vista’s Chamber of Commerce website.) The play’s assistant director is Ted Leib, who had been previously part of about 20 productions at Moonlight Amphitheatre.

The Boys Next Door was written by Tom Griffin. Set in the Boston area, it deals with four men with various mental disabilities who live in a group home. It takes place over roughly a two month period and consists of brief vignettes about their lives. Though the play is quite humorous in its non-mocking way of dealing with the handicapped men in real situations. An Off-Broadway success, this play is also marked by the compassion and understanding with which it peers into the half-lit world of its handicapped protagonists.

The Boys Next Door is one of the most unusual… and one of the most rewarding plays in town.” —BackStage.

“Griffin’s play hits squarely on the truth of life with its constant interplays and shadings of triumphs and tears.” —NY Daily News.

“The Boys Next Door moves the audience to an awareness of how many things in everyday life we take for granted…” —NY Times.

Pay-What-You-Can Preview will take place Wednesday, February 20 at 7:30 pm (tickets on sale at the door this night). Main Preview event Friday, February 22 at 7:30 pm (all tickets $14 – available online). Main course of shows February 23, 27; March 1, 2 at 7:30 pm; and February 24, March 3 at 2:00 pm. Individual show and season tickets are on sale at www.oceansidetheatre.org. Individual tickets are $21 general, $17 seniors, $14 students and military, or $14 on “Preview” nights only. Save money with season tickets. Season tickets (each includes 3 regular plays and 1 musical in 2013): $70 general or $60 seniors, students, and military. Reservations are strongly recommended. Oceanside Theatre Company operating The Brooks Theatre and Studio 219 is a 501c3 non-profit organization. Interested guests may look up Oceanside Theatre Company on Facebook and “like” it for additional info and for other events at this venue. Go to www.oceansidetheatre.org or call 760-433-8900 for more information.

Oceanside Theatre Company’s mission is to create professional quality theatre for a vibrant and diverse population. OTC will strive to reach a wide audience base and encourage and improve artistic growth in the community by producing a broad repertoire of theatre, giving local theatre artists creative opportunities and offering educational theatre and outreach programs. In efforts to bring visual and performing arts education back to schools, Oceanside Theatre Company Youth Academy and Oceanside Unified School District is now collaborating together to bring quality musical theatre education to middle schools in the city. In addition, Oceanside Theatre Company Youth Academy’s 2013 Winter Academy Classes are offered to students from 4 to 17 years old through March 23 at The Brooks Theatre.

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