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Kennedy Theatre

Media Release

Department of Theatre and Dance
University of Hawai'i at Manoa
1770 East-West Road
Honolulu, HI 96822

Contact: Kristy Miller, Publicity Director
Phone: (808) 956-2598
Fax: (808) 956-4234
Box Office: (808) 956-7655 (v/t)

August 12, 2002 (9:36pm)

"A Short History of the Vibrator" Opens Late Night Season

The University of Hawai'i at Manoa's Department of Theatre and Dance presents "Hysterical: A Short History of the Vibrator," written by MFA Playwriting candidate Hilary Wright and directed by MFA Directing candidate Jennifer Goodlander. "Hysterical: A Short History of the Vibrator" makes its world premiere as it kicks off the 11th season of the Earle Ernst Lab Theatre's Late Night Theatre and will play September 21, 27 and 28 at 10:30pm and September 22 at 8pm in a special "matin-eve" performance. The play is a fictitious account of the real-life circumstances that gave the world the vibrator. The story follows a physician's wife as she discovers the "first" vibrator in her husband's office. Her episodes in his office awaken new sexual and political aspirations. The major conflict in the play is the contrast of the
wife's self-fulfillment and her husband's material ambitions.

The vibrator was invented in the 1880s by a British physician who grew tired of the tedious chore of treating his "hysterical" female patients with manual therapy. The electro mechanical vibrator, devised after endless messy experiments with hoses, water jets, douches, vaginal electrodes, etc., made some men very rich and a lot of women, well, maybe not happy, but at least temporarily relieved.

Director Jennifer Goodlander is no stranger to politics having worked at the Obie award-winning WOW Café Theatre in New York City. She has directed extensively Off-Off Broadway and regionally. Her production of the "Bacchae," infused with martial arts, drumming and dance, opened in August 2002 and is currently running at the Looking Glass Theatre in New York City.

Playwright Hilary Wright has written five full-length scripts including "English Mana," the story of Liholiho's fatal trip to London in 1824, four wine and travel books, and numerous feature articles for European and American newspapers, magazines, and websites on subjects as diverse as smuggling beer into England and reflexology for cats.

A Post-Show Rap in which the audience is invited to discuss the play and rehearsal process with the director, playwright, and performers is scheduled to immediately follow the Friday, September 27th performance.

Tickets for "Hysterical: A Short History of the Vibrator" will go on sale one hour before curtain each night of the production at the door of the Earle Ernst Lab Theatre. Ticket prices are $7 Regular, $6 Discount for students, seniors, military, and UH faculty/staff, and $3 for UHM students with validated Fall 2002 Student ID. Latecomers will not be admitted once the performance has begun. For more information or disability access, call the Kennedy Theatre Box Office at 956-7655 (v/t.)

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"Hysterical: A Short History of the Vibrator"

Saturday, September 21, 2002 10:30pm

Sunday, September 22, 2002 8:00pm

Friday, September 27, 2002 10:30pm*

Saturday, September 28, 2002 10:30pm

$7 Regular

$6 Non-UHM Student Senior, Military, Faculty and StaffUH

$3 UHM Student with Valid Fall 2002 ID

*Post Show Rap

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