An Inspiring Role

An Inspiring Role

In The Boys Next Door, a play staged in L.A. by the 68 Cent Crew Theatre Company, Tyler Christopher (Nikolas, GH) took on a most unusual role: that of a special-needs man living with three similarly challenged roommates. Despite the difficulties facing them, the quartet tackled the struggles of everyday life while keeping their senses of humor. "I have always felt that as an actor, you constantly need to challenge yourself if you want to grow," confides Christopher. In the play, his third with this theater group, he completely immersed himself in the role of a fashion-challenged neurotic by changing everything from his posture to his speech pattern.

The Boys Next DoorMy character Arnold Wiggins is mildly retarded and a neurotic depressive. He's convinced the world is out to destroy him," explains Christopher of this scene where his chracter counsels Kurt TenEyck against pursuing an odd female resident."













"What is most difficult about the role is the physical strain to my body. It is extremely difficult to walk and talk like Arnold for two-and-a-half hours," says Christopher.   In this scene with Jamison Jones, Christopher tells a hilarious tall tale about how he got soaked in the restroom


The Boys Next Door It's the purity of an uninterrupted performance -- the challenge to find something fresh in each show -- that keeps drawing me back to doing theater," confides Christopher, pictured here with his castmates.

Soaps in Depth
June 8, 2004

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