The University of Southern Indiana Theatre continues its 2013 fall season with three-time Tony Award-winning comedy In the Next Room or the vibrator play, by Sarah Ruhl. The show is set in the 1890s, when the use of the newly developed electric vibrator was gaining popularity with doctors as a way to treat women’s hysteria. The show explores different aspects of women’s lives during the Victorian era, when women were raised to believe sex was something to be endured, not enjoyed.
Performances of In the Next Room or the vibrator play run at 7:30 p.m. on November 15-16, 2:00 p.m. on November 17, and 7:30 p.m. November 19-22 in the Mallette Studio Theatre on the lower level of the Liberal Arts Center on USI’s campus. The play is directed by Elliot Wasserman, chair of the Department of Performing Arts at USI. He will be joined by a design team of USI students including Lyndsay Hill as costume designer, Erik McCandless as lighting designer, Zach Gent as scenic designer, and Mikael Drobny and Daniel Harris as co-sound designers.
The cast includes USI students Danielle Scott as Catherine Givings, Craig Patterson as Dr. Givings, Gwendolyn Snow as Sabrina Daldry, Taylor Kearschner as Annie, Nolan Spinks as Leo Irving, Enjoli Drake as Elizabeth, and Scott Cummings as Mr. Daldry.
Tickets are $7 for USI students, $12 for adults, and $10 for seniors (60+) and non-USI students. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.usi.edu/theatre or call the box office at 812/465-1668. The production contains adult themes.
The remaining lineup for USI Theatre’s 2013-2014 season includes Medea by Robinson Jeffers and freely adapted from Euripides opening the spring season and running February 21-28. The final show of the spring season, Next to Normal with music by Tom Kitt and book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey, is part of the Repertory Project –a co-production of New Harmony Theatre and USI Theatre, and will run April 4-13. Tickets for the upcoming production are on sale now.