In the Next Room or the vibrator play

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND


9/25–10/18, 2015  
By Sarah Ruhl


Directed by Rachel May
Thurs–Sat 8pm | Sun 5pm


Preview 9/24 at 8pm
Industry Night 10/5 at 8pm 
Inside Scoop 10/11 at 5pm



Sep. 25, 2015 - Oct. 18, 2015

Synchronicity Theatre
at Peachtree Pointe
1545 Peachtree Street
Atlanta, GA 30309

Welcome to 1887. Chester Arthur is in the White House. Women are wearing bustles and corsets, and men drive horse-drawn carriages. The invention of the light bulb and a handy new instrument to treat “hysteria” in women has Dr. Givings’ patients all aglow and his young wife very curious. A comedy about intimacy and equality in the vein of a British farce. Note: Contains adult themes.

Starring Daniel Thomas May (AMC'S The Walking Dead), Bryn Striepe (Synchronicity's Lasso of Truth), Doyle Reynolds, Wendy Melkonian, Tony Larkin, Danielle Mills and Maria Sager.


Nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and three 2010 Tony Awards, including best play.



Cast

Daniel Thomas May (AMC’S The Walking Dead) as Dr. Givings


Bryn Striepe (Lasso of Truth) as Mrs. Givings


Wendy Melkonian as Mrs. Daldry


Doyle Reynolds reprises his role as Mr. Daldry


Maria Sager (Expecting Isabel) as Annie, the Midwife


Tony Larkin reprises his role as Leo


Danielle Mills as Elizabeth, the wet nurse


 


 


 


Production Team

Rachel May - Director
Julie Skryzpek - Stage Manager
Kathy Janich - Dramaturg
Carter Bevis - Technical Direction and set adaptation (original design by Michael Halad)
Katie McCreary - Lighting Design
Landi McAdams - Costume Design (original design by Jonida Beqo)
Elisabeth Cooper - Props Design (original design by MaClare Park)
Rob Brooksher - Sound Design (original design by Kristin Von Heinzemyer)
Lisa Green - Produciton Manager
Emma Calabrese - Assistant Stage Manager





 


 


About the Play

This season, we're looking at connection.  What brings us together, and what walls there are between us.  What keeps us 'in the next room' instead of fully inhabiting each other's presence.  Sarah Ruhl, playwright for In the Next Room or the vibrator play talks about this notion, saying "ultimately it is the silence between people, and how they manage to shatter it, that draws me to these characters.  And I think as sophisticated as we moderns are, we certainly understand silence between people - and the comedy (or tragedy) that results when two people in adjacent rooms are unable or unwilling to speak."

But yes, don't worry.  This play is indeed, about a vibrator.  And how it was used to 'heal' women from a very common diagnosis of 'hysteria.'  A diagnosis that was on the books until late into the 1950's.  So indeed, this play is incredibly funny and sexy.  But Victorian sexy - which means corsets, and listening at doors and things left unseen, unsaid.  

Sarah Ruhl said, "I think in the age we live in, raw, emotional intimacy is far more radical than physical intimacy or selling sex, which we see on every block.  We see radical emotional intimacy far less frequently."  

Come into the next room with us for this remarkably entertaining, funny and touching play.

To learn more..check out these links:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_the_Next_Room_(or_The_Vibrator_Play)


http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/20/theater/reviews/20innextroom.html?_r=0


http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=120463597






 





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