Audition Notice: In the Next Room



In the Next Room (or the vibrator play)


Written by Sarah Ruhl
Directed by Rebecca Miller
Produced by Michael Colford


Performance Dates: February 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 2018
Tech Dates: January 27 - February 1, 2018
Rehearsals: (Tentative) Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 7- 10pm; Sundays, 1 - 5pm beginning November 28

Location: The Footlight Club, Eliot Hall, 7A Eliot Street, Jamaica Plain, MA  


AUDITIONS:  By appointment.  Please sign up here.

Location:      Footlight Club, Eliot Hall, 7A Eliot Street, Jamaica Plain, MA
Dates:          Wed., October 18 and Thu., October 19, beginning 7, 8 and 9 pm, by appt.
Callbacks:    Sunday, October 22, 2pm


Audition Details: 

  • Please prepare a 1-2 minute monologue, in the style of, but not from, the show. Monologues by Sarah Ruhl preferred. 
  • If called back, you will be asked to read sides from the show. 
  • Bring your resume and head shot (does not have to be a professional headshot).
  • Know your conflicts from November 27 through January 27to list on the audition sheet. Please be thorough.  Some conflicts can be scheduled around if we know about them ahead of time.

Other Audition Info:

  • Appointment times are start times.  Each time slot will accommodate up to ten (10) auditioners. Please arrive in enough time prior to your appointment time to be ready to begin the process promptly.  
  • Missed appointments or late arrivals will only be accommodated as space and time allows.
  • Not all roles require callbacks.  
  • Actors needed at callbacks will be notified following each audition (or by 10am the day of Callbacks). Actors called back will be given additional music and sides to work on.  
  • To streamline the registration process the Producer will email you an Audition Form. Please bring the completed form with you to auditions.
  • All actors will be notified of casting results following callbacks.  

For questions, please contact the producer, Michael Colford


It is the 1880s, and Dr. and Mrs. Catherine Givings live in a beautiful, seemingly sensible Victorian home, where Dr. Givings also runs his private medical practice. Electricity is still a novelty, and as the intelligent and free-spirited Mrs. Givings cares for her new child under the bright glow of a floor lamp, something else is buzzing in the next room. Dr. Givings, a kind -- if overly analytical -- scientist, has invented a device to relieve "hysteria" in both men and women. The brilliant new device is a vibrator (though Dr. Givings refers to it euphemistically as a "machine"). When Elizabeth, a grieving wet nurse, is brought in to care for the Givings' baby, and Mrs. Sabrina Daldry, an anxious, depressed patient arrives for treatment, the Givings are forced to confront the realities of their marriage, their love for one another, and the nature of intimacy -- all without the help of an electrical current. Provocative, moving, and utterly charming, Sarah Ruhl's In the Next Room is a comedy about passion, true love, and orgasms. 


Dr. Givings:  A man in his forties, a specialist in gynecological and hysterical disorders. 

Catherine Givings:  His wife, a woman in her late twenties.

Sabrina Daldry:  His patient, a woman in her early thirties. Ability to play piano a plus

Annie:  A woman in her late thirties, Dir Givings' midwife assistant. 

Leo Irving:  Dr. Givings' other patient, an Englishman in his twenties or thirties.

Elizabeth: An African-American woman in her early thirties. A wet-nurse by default.

Mr. Daldry:  Sabrina Daldry's husband, a man in his forties or fifties.