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Vibrator Play goes to Broadway!

posted by Terence Keane on Thu, Mar 19, 2009
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Bzzzzz It closed on Sunday, but the buzz continues for In the Next Room (or the vibrator play). Yesterday, Lincoln Center Theater announced that it will produce the script on Broadway this fall! We're all feeling a bit proud around here at the moment.

The show will mark the Broadway debut for our associate artistic director, Les Waters, who staged its premiere here and will helm the New York production as well. Playwright Sarah Ruhl will also be celebrating her Broadway debut.

For those of you keeping score at home, that's the third show we've worked on that's gone to Broadway in the last four years: Tony Taccone directed Bridge & Tunnel in 2006, which won a Tony Award for Sarah Jones, and last year Passing Strange won a Tony as well. Strange continued its weird journey this week: Spike Lee's film version of it played at the South by Southwest festival in Austin on St. Patrick's Day.

And the numbers game isn't over: In the Next Room is the eighth show we've sent to Manhattan in eight straight years, the 17th in the last 22 years. It was our 50th world premiere. I'm starting to feel like I should play the lottery today...

But, seriously, it's exciting for those of us who work here. It's wonderful to feel that the plays we create can reach a wider audience, and especially gratifying to see that shows like this -- which blend comedy with serious cultural commentary -- will succeed even in difficult economic times.

Who wants to fly to New York this fall?


Photo of Paul Niebanck and Maria Dizzia by Kevin Berne

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