Jan 31, 2012

Colorado PLAY PREMIERE — "In the Next Room, or the vibrator play"

Mrs. Givings, played by Stephanie Philo, is curious about the
treatment that allows patients to leave her husband's room
relaxed and rosey-cheeked. Photo by Nathan Willers 

Critiques on the Victorian lifestyle are probably a part of some of our academic required reading, like Austin's Pride and Prejudice, Dickens' Great Expectations, and Bronte's Wuthering Heights, but playwright Sarah Ruhl adds a little more interest to this literary tradition. Her play, In the Next Room (or the vibrator play), incorporates sexual humor in addition to the more serious issues of marital problems and women's sexual liberation during the late 19th century. Dr. Givings begins experimenting with an 'alternative treatment' of vibrator therapy for women suffering from hysteria. The sounds that come from the treatment room confuse and intrigue his wife, who begins a quest for her own personal and sexual satisfaction.

Nominated for three 2010 Tony Awards after its Broadway debut in Fall 2009, In The Next Room makes its state-wide premier Feb 2, and will run until the 19th under the directorial debut of Joye Cook-Levy. Tickets are available online or by calling the FAC box office at 719.634.5583.

Don't forget to check out the FAC's special events related to the play, including a film screening, post-performance TalkBack, ladies night, and a post-performance backstage tour.

With Café 36's reopening, pre-theatre dinner options will now be available—with a yummy menu online here, including desserts specifically inspired by the play, like Chocolate Seduction Cake and Passion Fruit Mousse.

Stephanie Philo - Mrs. Givings
Chad Siebert - Mr. Givings
Tracy Liz Miller - Mrs. Daldry
Tom Auclair - Mr. Daldry
Amy Brooks - Annie
Marisa Hebert - Elizabeth
Max Ferguson - Leo 

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