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In The Next Room or The Vibrator Play by Sarah Ruhl

In The Next Room or The Vibrator Play
Chapman Theatre
Friday, Apr 28, 2023 at 7:30 PM (CT)

Content Advisory: This performance contains adult language and situations including sexual content, partial nudity, medical procedures, infant death, bigotry, and nonconsensual physical contact.

Set in the 1880s at the dawn of the age of electricity and based on the bizarre historical fact that doctors used vibrators to treat 'hysterical' women (and some men), the play centers on a doctor and his wife and how his new therapy affects their entire household.

In a seemingly perfect, well-to-do Victorian home, proper gentleman and scientist Dr. Givings has innocently invented an extraordinary new device for treating "hysteria" in women (and occasionally men): the vibrator. Adjacent to the doctor's laboratory, his young and energetic wife tries to tend to their newborn daughter—and wonders exactly what is going on in the next room. When a new "hysterical" patient and her husband bring a wet nurse and their own complicated relationship into the doctor's home, Dr. and Mrs. Givings must examine the nature of their own marriage, and what it truly means to love someone.

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702 Mid-Campus Drive South Manhattan, KS 66506

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