of Theatre and Dance
University of Hawai'i at Manoa
1770 East-West Road
Honolulu, HI 96822
Kristy Miller, Publicity Director
Phone: (808) 956-2598
Fax: (808) 956-4234
Box Office: (808) 956-7655 (v/t)
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
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,
Sunday, September 22,
Friday, September 27,
Saturday, September 28,
$6 Non-UHM Student Senior,
Military, Faculty and StaffUH
$3 UHM Student with Valid
Fall 2002 ID
*Post Show Rap