BY SARAH RUHL

“How could one device cause such opposite reactions?"

BRILLIANT.  FUNNY. TOUCHING.

Set in the late 1800’s, at the dawn of electricity, In The Next Room (or the Vibrator Play)  is a provocative, touching and marvelously entertaining story about a young doctor and his wife.

Dr Givings harnesses the powers of the modern electrical age to provide a unique cure for relieving symptoms of female 'hysteria'; a device that provides them with a certain something missing from their daily lives. The good doctor's wife, meanwhile, feeling starved of affection, is desperate for some passion in her life.

Ruhl’s acclaimed play grapples with topics as diverse as race, religion, sex, equality, desire, motherhood and the odd paroxysm – all with a darkly comic touch of true Victorian stiff-upper-lip and some delightfully awkward moments.

This provocative drama is as satisfying as it is emotionally charged.

Inspired by ‘The Technology of Orgasm’ by Rachel P. Maines, the play was nominated for three Tony Awards on its first run in 2009.

DIRECTOR

Keltie Forsyth

ASSISTANT DIRECTor

Rebecca Walters

vocal coach

Erin Ormond

CAST

Mariam Barry

Alexis Kellum-Creer

Sebastian Kroon

Lindsay Nelson

Christine Reinfort

David Wallace

Francis Winter

Designers

Lauchlin Johnston - Set Design

Patrick J. Smith - Lighting Design

Julie White - Costume Design

Jessica Keenan - Sound Design

CREW

Emily Spencer - Stage Manager

Madeleine Molgat Laurin - Assistant Stage Manager

RUNNING TIME

2 hours and 20 minutes, including 1 intermission

CONTENT ADVISORY

ETC does not offer advisories about subject matter, as sensitivities vary from person to person. If you have any questions about content, age-appropriateness or stage effects (such as strobe lights or theatrical fog) that might have a bearing on patron comfort, please contact us at:

info@ensembletheatrecompany.ca

SPECIAL PERFORMANCES

Preview Performances:      July 7, 10

Matinée:                      July 30

Post-Show Talkbacks:   August 2 and 8


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