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In the next Room wins the Glickman Award!

posted by Chad Jones on Fri, Jan 29, 2010
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Congratulations to Sarah Ruhl! Her In the Next Room (or the vibrator play) has been selected as the winner of the annual Will Glickman Award, which is chosen by a panel of top Bay Area theatre critics and given to the author of the best play to have its world premiere in the Bay Area.

“I'm very honored,” Sarah remarked. “And I'm thrilled to have a home like Berkeley Rep in the Bay Area. I was extremely proud of In the Next Room's premiere.”

Sarah Ruhl

“I’m pleased that Sarah and I had another opportunity to collaborate, and delighted that her scripts continue to receive the recognition they so richly deserve,” added Associate Artistic Director Les Waters, who staged the show in Berkeley and on Broadway. “I’ve devoted my career to developing and directing new plays, so I’m particularly proud of In the Next Room and the other work coming out of Berkeley Rep’s commissioning program.”

The Will Glickman Award has been given annually since 1984. Created to honor playwright and screenwriter Will Glickman, the goal of the award is to encourage new plays and their production as invaluable investments in American theatre. Theatre Bay Area, the nation’s largest regional theatre service organization, has administered the award since 2004.

Les Waters

Berkeley Rep debuted three previous winners: Hurricane / Mauvais Temps by Anne Galjour; The People’s Temple by Leigh Fondakowski with Greg Pierotti, Stephen Wangh, and Margo Hall; and Yankee Dawg You Die by Philip Kan Gotanda. Before becoming artistic director of Berkeley Rep, Tony Taccone also worked on another winning script at the Eureka Theatre: Tony Kushner’s legendary Angels in America: Millennium Approaches. Other playwrights who have been honored include Liz Duffy Adams, Adam Bock, John Fisher, Brian Freeman, Doug Holsclaw, Dan Hoyle, Denis Johnson, Cherrie Moraga, Brighde Mullins, Peter Sinn Nachtrieb, Octavio Solis, Charlie Varon, and Erin Cressida Wilson.

The selection committee for this year’s award included the following prominent local journalists: Robert Avila, SF Bay Guardian; Karen D’Souza, San Jose Mercury News; Robert Hurwitt, San Francisco Chronicle; Sam Hurwitt, Marin Independent Journal; and Chloe Veltman, New York Times.

In 2007, Sarah Ruhl and Les Waters brought Eurydice from Berkeley Rep to an extended off-Broadway run. Then the Theatre commissioned a fresh script from the young writer, a comedy about marriage, intimacy, and electricity called In the Next Room (or the vibrator play). The Obie Award-winning director staged its world premiere in the Roda Theatre in February of 2009; then both artists enjoyed their Broadway debuts when Lincoln Center Theater presented the show at the Lyceum. Development of the script was supported by the Bernard Osher New Play Development Fund, the Edgerton Foundation, and the Mosse Foundation Artistic Development Fund.

Audiences and critics embraced the show on both coasts. In USA Today, Elysa Gardner named it Best Play of the Year. Charles Isherwood of the New York Times declared it one of “the four best new plays to be produced in New York this year.” And John Lahr of The New Yorker proclaimed it the Top Moment in Theater for 2009, raving that “Ruhl’s benign detachment, her astute mind, and her capacity for wonder turn this evening into an indelible pleasure. In Les Waters, who directed her exciting Eurydice a few seasons back, she has found an expert collaborator… If In the Next Room doesn’t win the Tony for best play – it’s Ruhl’s first Broadway show – I’ll eat my shorts.”

Top photo: (from left) Maria Dizzia, Stacy Ross, and Hannah Cabell in the Berkeley Rep production of Sarah Ruhl's In the Next Room (or the vibrator play). Photo courtesy of Center photo: Playwright Sarah Ruhl. Bottom Photo: Director Les Waters. Photo courtesy of kevinberne.comm.


I tried to buy a copy of the script of "In the Next Room" on the web. I could not find a seller. Will Berkley Rep sell one?

Sam Hopkins | Mon, Feb 1, 2010

Their time has gone, unfortunately. Although the flowering of art goes unnoticed.

Jila | Wed, Feb 3, 2010

"In the Next Room" has not yet been published. Because it won the Will Glickman New Play Award, an excerpt of the play may be published in Theatre Bay Area magazine later this year.

Berkeley Rep | Mon, Feb 22, 2010

It sounds great has it been published yet if so I will buy the magazine.

Richard in Paris | Mon, Nov 22, 2010

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