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Friday, October 11, 2013
JLC Hot Dog Roast
When: 5 pm until 7:30 pm
Where: Rogers Conference Center
Contact: Dody Pelts    Email:   Telephone: 479-979-1422
For Students, Families and staff of the JLC
Zion Meeting
When: 6:00 pm
Where: Purple and Gold Room (Student Center)
Contact: Rickey Casey    Email:   Telephone: 479-979-1293
Art Reception; Women to Watch 2013 *
When: 6 until 7 pm
Where: Stephens Gallery; Walton
Contact: Tammy Harrington    Email:   Telephone: 479-979-1347
Reception to view the art work of 5 textile Arkansas artists
The Big Show radio broadcast
When: 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Where: Seay Student Center
Contact: Jesse Weiss    Email:   Telephone: 479-979-1213
Professional Development and Recognation Committee's AEF Presentation
When: 11:00 - 1:00 pm
Where: Rogers Conference Center
Contact: Amy Oatis    Email:   Telephone: 479-979-1458
College Fair: Kansas City National College Fair
When: 9:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m.
Where: Kansas City, MO
Contact: Emma Lee Morrow    Email:   Telephone: 479-979-1227
A representative of the University will be distributing information to prospective students.
High School Visit: Mulberry High School
When: 12:05 - 12:35 pm
Where: Mulberry, AR
Contact: Emma Lee Morrow    Email:   Telephone: 479-979-1227
A representative of the University will be visiting wit prospective students.
College Fair: Career Coach College Fair
When: 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Where: Hope, AR
Contact: Emma Lee Morrow    Email:   Telephone: 479-979-1227
A representative of the University will be distributing information to prospective students at the Career Coach College Fair located at the University of Arkansas Community College at Hope.
University Theatre: In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play *
When: 7:30 p.m.
Where: Seay Theatre, Walton Fine Arts Center
Contact: Bruce Brown    Email:   Telephone: 479-979-1336

In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play
By: Sarah Ruhl
Directed by Bruce B. Brown
October 10, 11, & 12** (October 12 Matinee Show Only – House opens at 2:30 pm Box office open at 2:00 pm)
Walton Seay Theatre
Box Office Opens at 6:30 pm
House Opens at 7:00 p.m.
Ticket: General Admission $8.00
Students/Faculty/Staff receive one free ticket at the door (while tickets last) for personal use with their U of O identification.
Buy tickets online starting on September 15, 2013

(Content Advisory: Inspired by actual 1880s medical science, In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play comically explores loving connections between human beings, both emotional as well as physical. The play echoes historical medical discussions of the human body and depicts the administration of ‘the vibrating treatment’ to fully-clothed patients, and contains brief nudity. Children ages 12 and under will not be admitted without an accompanying parent or adult guardian. Children five years of age and under, including babes in arms will not be admitted.)

Nominated for three 2010 Tony Awards, including Best Play; Pulitzer Prize finalist, and winner of the 2010 Will Glickman Award for Best New Play!

In the Next Room or The Vibrator Playis a comedy about marriage, intimacy, and electricity.

The Story:
Set in the 1880s at the dawn of the age of electricity and based on the bizarre historical fact that doctors used vibrators to treat 'hysterical' women (and some men), the play centers on a doctor and his wife and how his new therapy affects their entire household.

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.

"Insightful, fresh and funny, the play is as rich in thought as it is in of the most gifted and adventurous American playwrights to emerge in recent years...In the Next Room is a true novelty: a sex comedy designed not for sniggering teenage boys — or grown men who wish they were still sniggering teenage boys — but for adults with open hearts and minds." - The New York Times

"A play that's smart, delicate and very, very funny!" - New York Post

"If Henrik Ibsen and Oscar Wilde had decided to collaborate on a post-modern drawing-room comedy, the hotsy-totsy twosome surely would have turned out something very much like Sarah Ruhl's genuinely hysterical new work" - TheatreMania

"The playwright mines her subject for suitably bawdy humor without resorting to vulgarity. But what really gives the work its distinction is its sensitive exploration of the physical and emotional repression suffered by the women of the era, which has yet to disappear entirely....The play beautifully balances its humor and pathos." - Hollywood Reporter

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