The Waiting Room

By Lisa Loomer
Directed by Janet Morrison, faculty member, theater arts
Oct. 12-22, 2006
Laurie Theater

A dark comedy about the timeless quest for beauty—and its cost. Three women from different centuries meet in a modern doctor's waiting room. Forgiveness From Heaven is an eighteenth-century Chinese woman whose bound feet are causing her to lose her toes. Victoria is a nineteenth-century tightly corsetted English woman suffering from what is commonly known as "hysteria." Then there is Wanda, a modern gal from New Jersey who is having problems with her silicone breasts. Husbands, doctors, Freud, the drug industry and the FDA all come under examination. The play is a wild ride through medical and sexual politics, including the politics of the ever-present battle with breast cancer.

Peformance Schedule/Prices:
Thursday Preview at 8 p.m. - $16
Friday Opening at 8 p.m. - $20
Saturday at 8 p.m. - $20
2nd Thursday at 8 p.m. - $18
2nd Friday at 8 p.m. - $20
Saturday Matinee at 2 p.m. - $16
2nd Saturday at 8 p.m. - $20
Sunday Matinee at 2 p.m. - $20

Additional programming for The Waiting Room

Second Look Series
Thursday, October 19
8 p.m. Performance

Immediately following the 8 p.m. performance of ‘The Waiting Room’ on Thursday, October 19, join us for our Second Look Series program, designed to bring you closer to one or more aspects of the play.  Ingrid Schorr, Program Administrator, Office of the Arts will moderate a discussion with assistant professor of anthropology Ellen Schattschneider (who regularly offers the popular class Anthropology of the Body) and Carol Prost, a clinical psychologist who specializes in body image and trauma.  The cast will join the speakers and you will have a chance to meet them and ask questions.

Gallery Talk on Clare Rojas: Hope Springs Eternal
Art Museum
4:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 21 (immediately following the 2 p.m. performance)
1:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 22 (preceding the 2 p.m. performance)

Explore the world and work of Clare Rojas as she redefines depictions of the female body. Rose staff members will offer a guided tour of the exhibition.  Admission to the museum is free for ticket-holders to the 10/21, 2 p.m. performance and the 10/22 2 p.m. performance.

About Clare Rojas:
Her work is influenced by American folk art, particularly by the history, material, and aesthetics of quilts. Her paintings usually include themes surrounding women and animals in stylized landscapes. In her imaginary pieces, the artist uniquely interprets the relationship between men and women, humans and animals, and humans and nature. Women of all ages and colors in simple patterned dresses are commonly found in Rojas’s work. The smiling, strong and confident women interact with other women, little girls, men, animals and nature. On the other hand, men with slumping soft bodies are often depicted naked in simple, flowing lines and in poses normally assumed by women in fashion magazines. These images reverse imposed sexual roles and the objectivation of female bodies in art and the media.