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Preview: SEPT 27-29, 2022
Opening: SEPT 30, 2022
Closing: OCT 22, 2022
ASL Performance: OCT 11, 2022

$15 Preview Performances
$35 Performances

Estimated run time, 2 hours with an intermission

In the Next Room, or the Vibrator play
by Sarah Ruhl

A hysterical comedy about marriage, intimacy, and medicine.
In the Next Room, or the vibrator play is a hysterical comedy about marriage, intimacy, and medicine. In 1880 at the dawn of electricity, Dr. Givings has invented an extraordinary new device to treat "hysteria" in women (and some men): the vibrator. This treatment, administered in his private home office, involves draining "emotional excess" by inducing a paroxysm. In the next room, his young and energetic wife, Catherine, wonders how her husband helps his patients while she tries to tend to their newborn daughter. When a new "hysterical" patient and her husband bring their own complicated relationship and a wet nurse into the doctor's home, the Givings couple must confront the nature of their own marriage and what it truly means to love someone. With a revolving door of amusing characters, In the Next Room is never campy or lurid. This discreetly sensual comedy shares the heartbreak, humor, and humanity in our closest relationships.


adult content advisory
advisory scale 1 of 6
sexual advisory
advisory scale 2 of 6
language advisory
advisory scale 1 of 6

Trigger Warning:
Characters discuss a baby who has died (the mother works as a wet nurse for another baby; the discussion is focused on grief associated with losing a child, but is not graphic in nature)
advisory scale 1 of 6 Adult Content: Brief mention of electrocuting an animal (played for humor). A baby is nursed several times throughout the play.

advisory scale 2 of 6 Sexual Content: Many sounds of orgasms throughout (not pornographic). Manual genital manipulation is used as a medical treatment (not explicitly shown). A vibrator is used as a medical device throughout (not explicitly shown). A woman attempts to seduce her husband. Some breasts are exposed. Some characters kiss. A married couple makes love, partially undressed. Although this play deals with sexuality and desire, no genitalia are shown at any point during this production.

advisory scale 1 of 6 Language: There are no commonly used swear words. Alienating language (approx. once each): "darkie", "colored", "negro", "the help"

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