In the Next Room, or the vibrator play

by Sarah Ruhl
directed by Blanka Zizka

March 2 – April 3, 2011

It’s the dawn of electricity.  Mr. Thomas Edison has become a personal hero of Dr. Givings who begins harnessing this newfound power to treat hysterical patients at his home with an experimental electric apparatus.  But as the peculiar buzzing sounds from his office grow louder, Mrs. Givings’ curiosity gets the best of her, exposing cracks in the very foundation of their marriage.  A 2010 Tony® Nominee for Best Play and a Pulitzer Prize finalist, In the Next Room boldly explores sexuality and intimacy by combining historical facts with deep emotion and mischievous humor.

“Insightful, fresh, and funny, the play is as rich in thought as it is in feeling!” – The New York Times

PRESS / NEWS

“Splendidly, provocatively produced!”
— Philadelphia City Paper
“Powerful moments of raw emotion!”
— Philadelphia Weekly
“From the first glimpse of the breathtaking set to the last beautifully quiet moment, the Wilma’s blushingly intimate production is not to be missed!”
— Philadelphia Magazine
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