In The Next Room
Photo Credit: Ensemble Theatre Festival

Ensemble Theatre Festival presents
In the Next Room

by Sarah Ruhl Directed by Keltie Forsyth

Media Opening: Thursday, July 13, 8pm
July 13-August 18, 2017 (Previews: July 7 & 10)
Jericho Arts Centre, 1675 Discovery Street, Vancouver

“In the Next Room is a true novelty: a sex comedy… designed for adults with open hearts and minds” – New York Times

Ensemble Theatre Company (ETC) will open its fifth season with In the Next Room, Sarah Ruhl’s comedic, original and touching play, running July 13 to August 18 at the Jericho Art Centre. Considered one of the most provocative contemporary playwrights, Ruhl is known for her use of unconventional plot twists and highly impressionistic and lyrical style. In the Next Room pokes fun at intimacy, marriage, and the status quo of gender relations.

Set in a spa town close to New York in the late 1800s—it was a time of Victorian societal repression that coincided with dramatic technological change. Inspired by Rachel P. Maines’ The Technology of Organism, the play is based on historical medical procedures that may seem both quaint and quizzical, yet the themes remains relevant today. A multi-layered and nuanced character study, In the Next Room explores professional and personal relations between men and women with a strong streak of female solidarity.


Set in the late 1800’s, at the dawn of electricity, In the Next Room or the vibrator play is a provocative, funny, touching and marvellously entertaining story about a young doctor and his wife. Dr. Givings utilizes the wondrous powers of the electrical age to provide a unique ‘cure’ for relieving the symptoms of female hysteria, providing them with a certain ‘something’ missing from their daily lives. His procedures are, of course, administered on a purely scientific basis. The good doctor’s wife, on the other hand, being starved of affection, is desperate for some passion in her life. Ruhl’s play covers subjects as diverse as race, religion, sex, equality, desire, motherhood and the odd paroxysm–all with a darkly comic touch of true Victorian stiff-upper-lip and some delightfully awkward moments.

Starring Mariam Barry (Elizabeth), Alexis Kellum-Creer (Annie), Sebastian Kroon (Dr. Givings), Lindsay Nelson (Mrs. Givings), Christine Reinfort (Mrs. Daldry), David Wallace (Mr. Daldry), Francis Winters (Leo).

Director Keltie Forsyth Assistant Director Rebecca Walters Stage Manager Emily Spencer Set Designer Lauchlin Johnson Lighting Designer Patrick Smith Costume Designer Julie White Sound Designer Jessica Keenan


Three-show pass + all special events: $75 | Tickets: $30/25 (Previews: $20)
Noon Sunday Readings: $15 (or included in cost of matinee) | 11th Hour Cabaret: $10
All above include service charges and taxes
Pay-What-You-Can Wednesdays: at door only


Vancouver-based Ensemble Theatre Company is dedicated to producing accessible and relevant theatre. The company sees theatre as an essential cultural force in leading and framing dialogue on current issues, and takes artistically innovative approaches to classics as well as mounting challenging modern and contemporary plays. The non-profit arts organization is devoted to nurturing both artists and audiences, creating a place of inclusion and a forum for ideas and dialogue.




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