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In the Next Room (or the Vibrator Play)

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Alumnae Theatre

In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play)
by Sarah Ruhl 

Directed by: Victoria Shepherd

Performance dates:  April 17 – May 2, 2020

 Summary: In late 19th century America, an enterprising young physician takes advantage of the dawn of electricity to employ a new mechanism to ease female “hysteria”.  Meanwhile, his devoted but desperately unhappy wife takes charge of her own fulfillment and awakening.  This daring play explores the subjugated world of an upper middle class wife and mother with humour, compassion and enlightenment.
A copy of the play will be on reserve at the Information Desk, 5th Floor, Toronto Reference Library.

Important Dates:
  • Auditions are on January 25, 27 & 28,  2020
  • Callbacks are January 30, 2020
  • The play runs April 17 – May 2, 2020 on the Mainstage at Alumnae

The Roles:   
Alumnae Theatre Company is committed to non-traditional casting and to including talented actors of all races, backgrounds, and ages in our productions.
Catherine Givings    
Wife of Dr. Givings and mother to Letitia, a woman late 20’s/early 30’s and full of life, but sexually frustrated with her marriage.

Dr. Givings  
Catherine's husband, a man in his forties and a specialist in gynecological and hysterical disorders.

Sabrina Daldry
Dr. Givings' patient, a pianist in her early thirties struggling with hysteria and infertility.

Leo Irving   
Another patient of Dr. Givings', an English artist in his twenties or thirties.

Dr. Givings' midwife assistant, a woman in her late thirties.

​A housekeeper, and later wet nurse, a Black woman in her early thirties.

Dick Daldry 
Sabrina Daldry's husband, a man in his forties or fifties.

Please note that this play deals with sexuality and actors must be comfortable with depicting intimacy (with the support of an intimacy director). Alumnae Theatre members are given preference of casting.

Audition Dates, Times & Location: 

Alumnae Theatre, 70 Berkeley Street, Toronto, ON (SW corner of Berkeley and Adelaide Street East) Entry by Stage Door on n Adelaide.
Saturday, January 25, 2020                 
10 am – 6 pm

Monday, January 27, 2020               
6 pm – 9 pm

Tuesday, January 28, 2020                   
6 pm – 9 pm
Callbacks: Thursday, January 30, 2020  6-9 pm

Audition Preparation:      
Please prepare a short (2-3 min.) contemporary monologue. 
​It is highly recommended that you are familiar with the play and the characters.

How to Submit for an Audition:

E-mail with headshot and resume to: 

Please indicate the role you are interested in and include your phone number so we can contact you! 

Please specify if you are an Alumnae Theatre Member.
This is a non-union, non-paying production. For over a century, Alumnae Theatre Company's outstanding casts, crew & management have been volunteers who love theatre.


Mending Fences

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MENDING FENCES by Norm Foster  Directed by Nicole Arends


Non Union, Non Paying

Rehearsals:  Regular rehearsals will begin mid-February and will continue throughout the months of March and April 2020

- excluding long weekends. Rehearsal schedule will likely be 3 times per week (2 evenings and 1 on the weekend - days TBD).


Must be available every night of tech week: April 19-23, 2020.

Performance Dates:   April 24 - May 16, 2020.

AUDITIONS: Saturday, January 25, 2020, 1:00 - 5:00pm Sunday, January 26, 2020, 5:00 - 8:00pm Monday, January 27, 2020, 7:00 - 9:30pm

CALL BACKS : Tuesday, January 28, 2020, 7:00 - 9:30pm

LOCATION : All auditions, call backs, rehearsals and performances will be held at the Village Playhouse, 2190 Bloor St. West (around the corner from Runnymede subway station). 

Harry Sullivan hasn’t seen his son Drew in thirteen years, and now Drew is coming to Harry’s Saskatchewan ranch for a visit. This poignant comedy tells the story of two men who are too stubborn to give in to feelings of the heart. Virginia, the woman next door with her own issues, plays a major role in helping them reconcile. Flashbacks to Harry’s youth, middle age and to Drew’s teens give us insights into the lives of these characters.



a retired farmer, played at age 59 and at age 46

Drew: a golf pro, played at age 29 and at age 15; plus playing young Harry at age 14

Virginia (Gin): a farmer's widow, age 50 (the actress in this role will also play Drew's mother and Harry's mother in different time periods)

(All roles are open to any ethnicity and the ages listed reflect how the character should appear on stage, not the characters actual age)

PREPARATION:  Please prepare a short (2-3) minute comedic monologue. You will also be asked to read from the script. Sides will be e-mailed to you and will also be available at the audition. Please bring a hardcopy of your resume and headshot to your audition.


A hardcopy of the script will be available at the desk of the 5th floor of The Toronto Reference Library.


As per the permission of the playwright, an electronic copy of the script is available upon request.

TO BOOK AN AUDITION:  Please email a copy of your headshot and resume to with your preferred date, time, interested role and contact information.

Arts Department, Toronto Reference Library


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