Sex! APD presents public reading of “In the Next Room, or the vibrator play” on September 17, 2016

Sex sells! But that’s not the point of Cleveland Actors’ Play Date‘s (ADP) public reading of “In the Next Room, or the vibrator play,” written by Sarah Ruhl.

“It’s a beautiful play,” says APD co-founder Nicole McLaughlin Lublin.

“It’s prolific, gorgeous, with four meaty roles for women,” adds ADP co-founder Katie Atkinson.
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It’s the Cleveland Actors’ Play Date’s first public reading. Usually a private gathering, group members are giving an open reading of “In the Next Room” on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. at the Rockport Square Firehouse, 1422 Hopkins Ave. in Lakewood. Doors at 7:30 p.m., and it’s a one-night-only, pay-what-you-can show (cash only).

“It’s a look at intimacy and what that means through the lens of a Victorian couple. It’s through a doctor and his wife, and about his practice and how it brings intimacy into their lives,” Katie notes.

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ADP members rehearse staged reading of “In the Next Room”
According to SamuelFrench.com, “Set in the 1880s at the dawn of the age of electricity and based on the bizarre historical fact that doctors used vibrators to treat ‘hysterical’ women (and some men), the play centers on a doctor and his wife and how his new therapy affects their entire household..”

It’s not as much about sex as it is about intimacy – about physical intimacy, mental and emotional intimacy, and what that means to individuals and their relationships. It’s about why some people can be so closed off to each other, both back then in Victorian times and in today’s era.

But note – even though it’s not a pornographic piece, it’s not a play for the kids!

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Katie Atkinson tests a possible option for the live vibrator sound effect
Directed by Jennifer Dove, the cast includes:
Catherine Givings – Katie Simón Atkinson
Dr. Givings – Joe Kenderes
Sabrina Daldry – Nicole McLaughlin Lublin
Mr. Daldry – Doug Kusak
Annie – Monica Zach
Elizabeth – Jazmine Danner
Leo Irving – Noah Hrbek
Stage Directions – Elaine Feagler
Stage Manager – Kate Klotzbach

What is Cleveland APD? “I’d been a member of two play reading groups in New York city,” says Nicole, “and I wanted to start something like that. It was May of 2014 and Katie and I had done a show together. We started with 5 people in my living room – we now have over 50 people on our email list.”

And why this show for the first public reading?

“Because we both have dream roles!” says Nicole, laughing.

“If you want to get something done, you do it yourself!” chuckles Katie.

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Jennifer Dove gives notes during “In the Next Room” rehearsal
Trust me – we all then realized the irony of that last statement considering the play title.

The ladies went on to describe the freedom of making your own work – to stretch acting muscles that you might not get to use. Readings are casual, fun and no-pressure. The events are a chance to read against type, experiment with characters. Katie proudly notes that she’s read men, old ladies, and more.

Amidst wine and Cheetos, actors have a great time “digging in” to new roles and having camaraderie with fellow artists, all on the same playing field.

Interested in knowing more about APD? Email Nicole at nicole@nicolemclaughlin.com or Katie at katherine.e.atkinson@gmail.com.

In the meantime, join APD on Saturday, September 17 at 8:00 p.m. at the Rockport Square Firehouse, 1422 Hopkins Ave. in Lakewood. Doors at 7:30 p.m. Again – it’s pay-what-you-can, so bring a few bucks and get ready to see what’s “In the Next Room.”

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