In the Next Room or the vibrator play

In the Next Room or the vibrator play hovers at the dawn of electricity when enthusiasm for the light bulb gave rise to a handy new instrument to treat female hysteria

Play title:  In the Next Room or the vibrator play

Author (s):  Sarah Ruhl

Publisher: Theatre Communications Group, Inc.

Publication Date: October 2010

Genre: Comedy

Primary Discipline: Medicine

Secondary Discipline: Technology

Scientist (s): Fictional

Source Texts:

The Technology of Orgasm by Rachel P. Maines (The John Hopkins University Press, 1999)

AC/DC: The Savage Tale of the First Standards War by Tom McNichol (Jossey-Bass, 2006)

A Social History of Wet Nursing in America: From Breast to Bottle by Janet Golden (Ohio State University Press, 2001)

Parallel Lives: Five Victorian Marriages by Phyllis Rose (Vintage Books, 1984)

Character Breakdown: 4 Women, 3 Men

Dr Givings, Catherine Givings, Sabrina Daldry, Mr. Daldry, Annie, Elizabeth, Leo Irving

Setting: A prosperous spa outside of New York City, perhaps Saratoga Springs

Time Period: The dawn of the age of electricity; and after the Civil War; circa 1880s

Synopsis of Play: In the Next Room or the vibrator play hovers at the dawn of electricity when enthusiasm for the light bulb gave rise to a handy new instrument to treat female hysteria. Ruhl, with her singular theatrical lyricism, has crafted a masterful new comedy, which went on to become a Pulitzer Prize finalist and Tony Award Nominee for best play. (play text cover blurb, Theatre Communications Group Inc.) 

First Performance Date: February 2009

First Producer: Berkeley Repertory Theatre

Performance History:

In the Next Room or the vibrator play was commissioned by and received its world premiere at Berkeley Repertory Theatre (Tony Taccone, Artistic Director; Susan Medak, Managing Director) in Berkeley, CA, in February 2009. It was directed by Les Waters; scenic design was by Annie Smart, costume design was by David Zinn, lighting design was by Russell H. Champa, sound design was by Bray Poor; the composer was Jonathan Bell, the dramaturg was Madeleine Oldham and the production stage manager was Michael Suenkel.

In the Next Room or the vibrator play opened on Broadway at the Lyceum Theatre in a production by Lincoln Center Theater (Andre Bishop, Artistic Director; Bernard Gersten, Executive Producer) on November 19, 2009. It was directed by Les Waters and the production stage manager was Roy Harris.

Links:

https://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/20/theater/reviews/20innextroom.html?mtrref=www.google.com&gwh=65040EC1CB00C30054D0C9C7A3D31D9A&gwt=pay

http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/theater/reviews/ct-ent-vibrator-play-review-1031-story.html

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2013/nov/26/in-the-next-room-review

https://muse.jhu.edu/article/413944/pdf

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2009/11/30/good-vibrations-2

https://www.washingtonian.com/2010/11/05/theater-review-in-the-next-room-or-the-vibrator-play/

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/theatre/theatre-reviews/10467679/In-the-Next-Room-or-the-Vibrator-Play-review.html

https://variety.com/2009/legit/reviews/in-the-next-room-or-the-vibrator-play-2-1200477351/

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/09/02/AR2010090205098.html

Entered by: Meaghan Yesford

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