RedWit Theatre Presents IN THE NEXT ROOM (OR THE VIBRATOR PLAY)
RedWit Theatre presents "In the Next Room (Or the Vibrator Play)"by Sarah Ruhl, a play about the importance of including women in the room of invention, January 16th-27th, 2019 in the Tarragon Theatre Extraspace.
Set at the dawn of the age of electricity and based on the bizarre hypothesis that Victorian doctors used vibrators to treat 'hysterical' women (and some men), this play centres around a doctor, his wife, the patients, and their respective households through an exploration of this new invention that has the potential to change everything.
In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play explores the danger of being denied language to describe your experience, the power women wield through ownership of their sexuality, and the pursuit of freedom through the destruction of binaries. By pulling this story to a contemporary realm, our production challenges how much progress has actually been made since the notoriously prudish Victorian era. In this production we imagine a new world order that demolishes extant power structures provoking the question: where do we go from here?
In the Next Room (Or The Vibrator Play) was written by Sarah Ruhl as commissioned by the Berkeley Repertory Theatre for its premiere in February, 2009 before opening on Broadway in October, 2009. The play was nominated for three Tony Awards, including: Best Play, Best Featured Actress in a Play, and Best Costume Design. RedWit Theatre's production is directed by Mallory Fisher (Three Sisters/Richard III, Wolf Manor Theatre Collective) and Intimacy Directed by Scott Emerson Moyle (Dauntless Theatre). The production features Hannah Wayne-Phillips as Catherine Givings (King Lear/Twelfth Night, Canadian Stage) Allison Shea Reed as Sabrina Daldry (A-Door Me/Living with Olivia Cadence Donovan, RedWit/NY Theatre Festival), Brian Haight (7 Stories,Hart House Theatre) as Dr. Givings, Asha James (Theory, Tarragon Theatre) as Elizabeth, Krystina Bojanowski (Romeo and (her) Juliet,Headstrong/Urban Bard) as Annie, Sepehr Reybod (Territorial Tales, Canadian Stage) as Leo Irving, and Tristan Claxton (Hamlet(s), Skipping Stones Theatre) as Mr. Daldry. The creative team consists of Stage Manager and Lighting Designer Olivia-Cassidy Stupka (Living with Olivia Cadence Donovan,RedWit), Costume Designer Judie Plaza (Debordering/Peeled), Hair/Make-up Designer Emily Power (Sheridan College), Associate Intimacy Director Lisa Karen Cox (Now You See Her,Quote Unquote Collective/Why Not/Nightwood), Associate Producer Hannah Wayne-Phillips (Living with Olivia Cadence Donovan,RedWit),and Executive Producer Allison Shea Reed.(Artistic Director/Founder, RedWit Theatre)
RedWit Theatre is committed to producing theatre that addresses themes and issues pervasive in North American Culture that regularly go unspoken or are considered taboo. We strive to bring theatre to audiences through education and frank portrayals that we hope will open up an honest and respectful dialogue while simultaneously creating allies for communities that are stigmatized and inadequately portrayed in the entertainment industry. Our goal at RedWit is not just to make spectacular theatre but to make theatre that matters. Find out more at: https://redwittheatre.com
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