Auditions for “In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play” at SPTC
Santa Paula News
Published: February 06, 2013
The Santa Paula Theater Center is casting for Sarah Ruhl’s “In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play,” directed by James Castle Stevens, and produced by Leslie Nichols and Fred Helsel.
Rehearsals will begin February 25. “In the Next Room” will open SPTC’s 2013 season. Performance dates are weekends from April 19 through May 26. Auditions, rehearsals and performances will all take place at the Santa Paula Theater Center, 125 S. 7th Street. All roles are available. This is a non-union production; there is no pay.
Auditions are open and will be held on Tuesday, February 12 and additional auditions/callbacks on Wednesday, February 13 from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Santa Paula Theater Center. Please bring headshot and resume. Readings will be taken from the script. Sides will be posted on the SPTC website by February 4.
Nominated for three Tony Awards in 2010, this delightful play is set in the Victorian era, just before its corseted women shed their inhibitions. 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. The subject matter is treated with delicacy, but it’s meant for mature theatergoers.
Dr. Givings (30s-40s): A specialist in gynecological and hysterical disorders. Loves his wife, but at arm’s length.
Catherine Givings (late 20s): His wife, and a new mother who cannot nurse. Desperate to know what her husband does “in the next room.” Blossoms through the story.
Sabrina Daldry (early 30s): His nervous patient, who becomes Catherine’s curious friend.
Mr. Daldry: (30s-40s): Sabrina Daldry’s gruff and potentially cheating husband.
Annie (mid-20s to late 30s): Dr. Givings midwife/assistant. Becomes entangled in patient affairs.
Leo Irving (20s-30s): A passionate English artist, and another of Dr. Givings’ patients. Falls in unrequited love for Elizabeth.
Elizabeth (30s) African-American, a wet-nurse by default, having recently lost her baby.
There are no appointments needed for these auditions. For more information, contact producer Leslie Nichols at 805-525-9840.