About the Show
Set during the late 1890's, the play concerns the sexual relations of Sabrina Daldry and Catherine Givings. Both are loving yet sexually frustrated, lacking the understanding and knowledge of where their frustration actually originates, and the language to put their needs into words. Their frustration takes the form of "hysteria". Doctor Givings treats this "hysteria" with a device known as the machine. The machine is a vibrator which generates the first orgasm in each lady. But achieving the orgasm is only clinical as the real issues - sexual desire, ignorance, communication, passion and jealousy - bring the story to its true climax.
Although the production requires some of the cast to portray the act of orgasm and of breastfeeding, this will not be part of the audition process. Instead, the actors should concentrate on finding the comedic and dramatic moments in the assigned sides.
Cast Needs (3 Males, 4 Females)
Dr. Givings, a man in his forties, a specialist in gynecological and hysterical disorders
Catherine Givings, his wife, a woman in her late twenties
Sabrina Daldry, a patient, a woman in her early twenties
Annie, a woman in her twenties, Dr. Giving's midwife assistant
Leo Irving, Dr. Giving's other patient, an Englishman in his twenties or thirties
Elizabeth, an African-American woman in her early thirties, a wet nurse by default
Mr. Daldry, Sabrina Daldry's husband, a man in his forties or fifties