Announcing "In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play)" Auditions!

Mar 11, 2018

In The Next Room: Or The Vibrator Play

Audition Dates

  • Thursday, March 15th: 6:00 - 9:00pm
  • Sunday, March 18th: 11:00am - 2:00pm
  • Tuesday, March 20th: 6:00 - 9:00pm

Bradford Little Theatre will hold auditions to cast 3 men and 4 women for its upcoming production of “In The Next Room (or The Vibrator Play)” by Sarah Ruhl. The show is a historic comedy about marriage, intimacy, sexuality, and motherhood. Auditions will take place on Thursday the 15th from 6-9pm, Sunday the 18th from 11am-2pm, and Tuesday the 20th from 6-9pm at Togi’s Playhouse. Director Chelsea Place will have selected scenes from the script for cold readings but actors are encouraged to research the play before auditioning.

A Pulitzer Prize finalist, the play is set in the 1880’s at the dawn of electricity and is based on the historical fact that doctors used vibrators to treat ‘hysterical’ women (and rarely men). The play centers on a innocent and gentlemanly scientist Dr. Givings, his energetic and curious wife and their infant daughter.

When a new “hysterical” patient brings her own complicated marriage and sufferings to the Givings’ well-to-do Victorian home, the doctor and his wife must confront the fragility of their own marriage, while tending to emotional and physical shortcomings of motherhood, to discover the true depths of love and intimacy.

“This show is the perfect blend of thought-provoking history and suggestive comedy,” said Place. “It will be a wonderful challenge for the actors due to the required of timings between the two rooms and the emotions that they will have to genuinely portray.”

Ruhl’s laugh out loud, provocative and touching play was nominated for three Tony Awards, including Best Play. The show will be performed May 18-20th at Togi’s Playhouse and is produced by special arrangement with Samuel French Publishing Company.

Actors must be at least 18 years of age.

For more information, please contact director Place at or 814-598-9956.

Cast List


A man in his 40s, a specialist in gynecological and hysterical disorders. Scholarly, polite, refined, practical and rational man of sciences.


Dr. Givings’ wife, a woman in her late 20s. Impulsive, energetic, insatiably curious, talkative, charming. Has a youthful innocence, romantic idealism and a desire for adventure.


A patient of Dr. Givings, in her 30s. Somber, depressive, upper middle class. Reserved, proper, elegant. Likes to obey rules. Awakens into a bright, lively woman upon treatment.


Dr. Givings’ midwife assistant, a woman in her 30s. Stoic, serious, reliable, no-fuss. Learned, intelligent, with a passionate mind for the arts and sciences.


A patient of Dr. Givings, an Englishman in his 20s or 30s. Artist, sensitive, deeply romantic. An impassioned, soulful, free thinker.


An African-American woman in her 30s. A wet-nurse to Dr. and Catherine Givings’ baby. A grieving mother, sensual, self-possessed, full of common sense. Has the enviable quality of presence and effortless grace.


Sabrina Daldry’s husband, a man in his 40s or 50s. Sociable, confident, upper class. Generally good-humored but can be bullheaded. Sort of man who usually gets his way. Likes a good joke but can be lewd.