Vivienne Benesch on “In the Next Room”

Its title is titillating. Its subject matter, unusual. So what exactly is going on with In the Next Room (or the vibrator play), the PlayMakers’ first mainstage production of the season?

“It’s a combination of sex farce and a Chekhov play with a little bit of Ibsen,” says director Vivienne Benesch. “But from a female voice.”

Vivienne Benesch

Ms. Benesch, an actress and director who also serves as the artistic director of the Chautauqua Theater Company in New York, calls the show “one of the funniest and most moving contemporary plays which deals with contemporary issues, many of which continue to go unspoken today.” She explains that though the show is set in the 1880s, she hopes that audiences will “laugh and recognize themselves in both the humor and the struggles of the characters.”

“It’s about human connection,” she says of the show’s theme. “It doesn’t matter how much electricity you have in technological form if you don’t have that connection in human form.”

In the Next Room (or the vibrator play) runs from September 21 to October 9, 2011. Click here for more details.