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Wofford Theatre presents ‘In the Next Room’

Performances Nov. 3-5 and Nov. 9-12

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"In the Next Room" runs Thursday through Saturday and Nov. 9 through 12 at 8 nightly in Tony White Theater.

SPARTANBURG, S.C.Wofford College Theatre will present the acclaimed comedy “In the Next Room (Or the Vibrator Play)” by Sarah Ruhl beginning Thursday, Nov. 3.

Performances will be at 8 nightly Thursday through Saturday and Wednesday, Nov. 9, through Saturday, Nov. 12.

“In the Next Room (Or the Vibrator Play)” is a thought-provoking comedy about sex, love, romance and marriage, and how rare it is for people to experience them all together.

Described by the New York Times as “a sex comedy designed not for sniggering teenage boys ... but for adults with open hearts and minds,” Ruhl’s play is set in the 1880s, at the dawn of the electrical era and the height of the sexually repressive Victorian era. The play follows Catherine Givings, a new mother and wife of a doctor who treats women diagnosed with “hysteria” in his home office.

The play is historically accurate in representing doctor-administered vibrator treatment for patients with hysteria, a catch-all diagnosis for almost any complaint, including headaches, irritable disposition, the lack (or excess) of sexual desire and quarrelsomeness. With her husband’s examination room just off the living room, and the living room doubling as the patient waiting room, Catherine grows increasingly curious about the sounds coming from the next room.

Dr. Kathleena L. Roark, adjunct professor, is directing the production.

Tickets are $10 for the general public; $5 for high school or college students (with valid ID); $3 for Wofford College students.

To purchase tickets, go to or call the box office at 864-597-4080.