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CCM’s Department of Drama and the Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center (The Carnegie) proudly present the regional premiere of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize finalist comedy/drama In The Next Room, or The Vibrator Play, playing weekends Nov. 4 – 20, 2011, in the historic Otto M. Budig Theatre at The Carnegie.

Staged by award-winning director Ed Cohen,  In The Next Room is the second production of both CCM’s 2011-12 Studio Series and the Carnegie’s 2011-12 Theatre Series. Tickets are $16 – $21 and are available at The Carnegie Box Office, 859.957.1940, or

For the second time in as many years, CCM Drama and The Carnegie partner to produce an unfamiliar but captivating theatrical work for Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky audiences. Their collaborative 2010 staging of Bury The Dead garnered critical praise and two Acclaim Awards, and paved the way for future productions such as In The Next Room to allow gifted collegiate actors an opportunity to work in a professional theatre environment.

In The Next Room will be a treat for Carnegie audiences and a perfect showcase for the talents of CCM Drama students,” predicts Richard E. Hess, A.B., Dolly, Ralph and Julia Cohen chair of Dramatic Performance at CCM. “CCM Drama students benefit from working in the professional setting in an extended run, and gain valuable experience in bringing characters to life over an extended run.”

Leading the cast is CCM senior Kristopher Dean (playing Dr. Givings), who was last seen at The Carnegie in Bury The Dead and whose myriad credits include summer intensives with New York’s renowned SITI Company and in Kenya with the Dadaab Theatre Project. Fellow senior Jared Wilson (Mr. Daldry) joined Dean in Bury The Dead, and shares with Clare Ward (Annie) the distinction of being the show’s only Kentucky natives. Another Bury The Dead actor, Mariel Tompkins, plays the role of grieving wet nurse, Elizabeth, and the love interest of Parker Searfoss’ Leo Irving. Senior and New Orleans native Caroline Shannon takes on the mantle of Dr. Givings’ yearning wife, Catherine Givings, and the show’s only underclassman, Mary Malloy, is Dr. Givings’ fragile patient, Sabrina Daldry.

The offstage talent for In The Next Room will be just as critical to the success of the show as the performers on the boards. Top graduate students from CCM’s Theatre Design and Production program are working with their professional faculty advisors to create the prosperous (and sometimes magical) late 19th century world of the Givings’ home and medical practice, while venerated and award-winning theatre artist Deb Girdler undertakes the Victorian era costuming.

All of the production aesthetics are being crafted under the steady hand of director Ed Cohen. No stranger to either organization, Cohen recently helmed productions of Recent Tragic Events and Falsettos at CCM and a well-received Big River at The Carnegie, the latter two co-directed with Cohen’s wife, Dee Anne Bryll. In The Next Room, however, offers a level of excitement and promise for Cohen that gives this production a sense of anticipation he doesn’t often experience.

“It’s rare when a play can balance jaw-dropping humor with a delicate metaphor on the nature of love,” says Cohen of In The Next Room. “I consider this the best work to date from one of America’s most important playwrights, and I’m thrilled to help bring it to our area’s audiences for the first time.”

Opening weekend of In The Next Room (Nov. 4 and 6) includes the “In The Next Room Expo” in the Carnegie Galleries, featuring the area’s best purveyors of passion and personality. Sponsored by CincyChic.

The Carnegie’s 2011-12 Theatre Series is presented in honor of Otto M. Budig, Jr., whose leadership instilled the beauty, elegance and life that The Carnegie’s Theatre now enjoys during its fifth anniversary year.

Performance Times:
7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4
3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6,
7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11
7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12
3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13
7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18
7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19
3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20

Denotes ASL-interpreted and closed-captioned performance

Otto M. Budig Theatre
The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center
1028 Scott Blvd. in Covington, KY

Ticket Information:
Tickets to In The Next Room, or The Vibrator Play are $21 for adults, $19 for Carnegie Members, Enjoy The Arts Members, WVXU Perks Card Members, $19 for groups of 10 or more and $16 for students. Tickets may be purchased through The Carnegie Box Office at 859.957.1940 (open Tuesday through Friday, noon to 5:00 p.m.) or online at

CCM Season Presenting Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

Drama Studio Series Sponsor: Neil Artman & Margaret Straub

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