“Leave behind the stranglehold of convention and loosen your corset, you will breathe much better.”
This intimate and humorous story of awakening, equality, and the need for connection was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and a Tony Award nominee for Best Play.
It is the 1880s and Thomas Edison’s invention of the electric light has begun to change the fabric of daily life. Inspired by Edison’s discovery, scientist and inventor Dr. Givings experiments with a piece of machinery to treat the increasingly common affliction of female hysteria. When he starts to see a new patient regularly, his wife’s curiosity with the invention and what occurs “in the next room” grows, leading to discoveries of her own. Don’t miss this entertaining night of self-discovery which shows that human connection is not simply a means to an end, but a vital part of life itself.
Acclaimed as “insightful, fresh and funny ... as rich in thought as it is in feeling” by The New York Times and “a smart, charming, iridescently funny-serious jewel” by Bloomberg, this play offers a “rare and savvy premise that manages to be titillating and amusing” (Chicago Tribune).
In the Next Room or the vibrator play was previously presented at TimeLine in a staged reading in collaboration with The Chicago Inclusion Project and is the first production to have originated as a result of TCIP’s reading series.
Run time: 2 hours 15 minutes, including 1 intermission
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