ITNR PR 17

In The Next Room (or The Vibrator Play)

Written by Sarah Ruhl
Directed by Sandy Shinner
Sept. 9 – Oct. 9, 2011

Summary

Sarah Ruhl brings her Tony-nominated Broadway hit home to Chicago.
In the twilight of the Victorian age, a buzzworthy new medical device is developed to calm women with “hysteria.” In fact, it has quite a stimulating effect when used in the home offices of Dr. Givings, that most modern of men. As he pioneers an intimate new therapy, his young wife becomes determined to investigate the experiments that have patient after patient leaving the procedure room with the rosy glow of pleasure. Ruhl’s stylish comedy pulses and hums with the dispelation of old-fashioned notions of female sexuality, intimacy and marriage at the dawn of the age of electricity.

Creative

Sandy Shinner: Director
Joe Appelt: Lighting Designer
Christina Carlson: Wig Designer
Jacqueline Firkins: Costume Designer
Jack Magaw: Set Designer
Andre Pluess: Sound Designer
Grant Sabin: Props Designer
Kristin Leahey: Dramaturg
Tina Jach: Stage Manager
Azar Kazemi and Thrisa Hodits: Assistants to the Director

Cast

Kate Fry: Catherine
Larry Grimm: Mr. Daldry
Joel Gross: Leo
Patricia Kane: Annie
Mark Montgomery: Dr. Givings
Polly Noonan: Sabrina Daldry
Tamberla Perry: Elizabeth
Ariana Dziedzic: Understudy Catherine
Brian Grey: Understudy Leo and Mr. Daldry
Annie Calhoun: Understudy Annie
Tom Hickey: Understudy Dr. Givings
Tuckie White: Understudy Sabrina Daldry
McKenzie Chinn: Understudy Elizabeth