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Student director presents 'The Boys Next Door'

UMW News Bureau

University of Montana Western student Ryan Backus will be directing Tom Griffin’s comedy “The Boys Next Door” from Thursday, Nov. 1 through Saturday, Nov. 3.

All performances will begin at 7:33 p.m. in the Beier Auditorium on the Montana Western campus.

The play portrays several boys with mental disabilities in an assisted living home. Backus — a secondary education, English and drama major — describes the play as a comedy with heartstring moments.

“It’s a story about some amazing guys who may have more in common with people than they would like to admit,” Backus said of the play. “This is a story about our humanity, about that part of us that we all share regardless of ability or opportunity.”

Tickets are $8 for the public, $5 for high school students and free to UMW students.