In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play)

In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play)

August 29th-September 29th
Written by Sarah Ruhl
Directed by Ann Woodhead
2010 Pulitzer Prize Finalist

 

It is the beginning of the age of electricity, the awakening of scientific curiosity, and in the case of Mrs. Givings, the awakening of a quite different kind of curiosity as well. Lovingly devoted to her physician husband and newborn daughter, Catherine Givings notices strange sounds coming from her husband’s “operating theatre” in the next room. Desperately curious about her husband’s new invention for treating “hysteria” in women, Mrs. Givings sets out to find deeper satisfaction as both a mother and wife, but also as a woman.

A finalist for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize, In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play) is an uproariously wild comedy that has audiences giggling from start to finish. While this “hysterical” comedy is truly Victorian, underneath the laughter is a poignant story about the nature of love that is very much relevant today.