Benanti and Cerveris to Star in Broadway's In the Next Room or the vibrator play

By Adam Hetrick
21 Jul 2009

Laura Benanti and Michael Cerveris
Laura Benanti and Michael Cerveris
Photo by Ernio Hernandez and Aubrey Reuben

Tony Award winners Laura Benanti and Michael Cerveris will star in the Broadway premiere of Sarah Ruhl's In the Next Room or the vibrator play, which begins previews at the Lyceum Theatre Oct. 22.

Benanti (Gypsy, Why Torture Is Wrong) and Cerveris (Road Show, Hedda Gabler) will be part of a cast that also features Obie and Clarence Derwent Award winner Quincy Tyler Bernstine (Ruined), Ruhl veteran Maria Dizzia (Berkley Rep world premiere of In the Next Room, Eurydice), Thomas Jay Ryan (The Tempermentals, Passsion Play), Wendy Rich Stetson and Chandler Williams (Mary Stuart, Crimes of the Heart).

Les Waters, who staged the world premiere of In the Next Room at Berkeley Rep, will direct the Lincoln Center Theater production, which will officially open on Broadway Nov. 19.

Press notes for In the Next Room read: "Set at the dawn of the age of electricity; the play centers on a doctor and his wife (to be played by Laura Benanti and Michael Cerveris) and how his experimental therapy affects their entire household."



The production will have sets by Annie Smart, costumes by David Zinn, lighting by Russell Champa, sound by Bray Poor and original music by Jonathan Bell.

The work marks the Broadway debut of playwright Ruhl, who has authored Eurydice, The Clean House, Passion Play and Dead Man's Cell Phone.

The Lyceum Theatre is located in Manhattan at 149 West 45th Street.

For further information visit LCT.