The Waiting Room opens on the Mainstage on Feb. 12.

Posted on: January 28, 2016

Wake Forest students Suna Guo ('19), Lillie Burrow ('19), and Heather Sullivan ('16) star in the Wake Forest Theatre production of The Waiting Room, written by Lisa Loomer and directed by John E. R. Friedenberg, and opening on February 12, 2016. In this photo they pose in the studio on Monday, January 25, 2016.

Wake Forest students Suna Guo (’19), Lillie Burrow (’19), and Heather Sullivan (’16) star in the Wake Forest Theatre production of The Waiting Room, written by Lisa Loomer and directed by John E. R. Friedenberg, and opening on February 12, 2016. In this photo they pose in the studio on Monday, January 25, 2016.

The Wake Forest University Theatre will continue its season with The Waiting Room by Lisa Loomer, which will be directed by Director of Theatre John E. R. Friedenberg.

In this outrageous comic approach to beauty and medicine, three women from different times and cultures meet in a doctor’s waiting room. While the women struggle to meet society’s patriarchal construct of beauty and eroticism through body modification, the medical professionals attempt to rationalize the ethics of the business for their own gain.

This dark comedy will have you squirming with laughter as the characters struggle to beat the system and win at life.

Along with Mr. Friedenberg, several members of the WFU Theatre faculty are involved in the production.  Scenic and lighting design will be by Jonathan Christman, Associate Professor of Theatre.  Ketti Shum, Adjunct Instructor of Theatre, will be Costume Designer.  Student Valerie Medoff (’17) is stage managing.  Other students on the production team include Eric Bray (’16) and Stephanie Moore (’18) as Assistant Directors, Jay Buchanan (’17) as Dramaturg, and Alexa Erb (’16) as Properties Master.   The cast consists of WFU students Lillie Burrow, Suna Guo, Heather Sullivan, Jason Chinuntdet, Tyler Johnson, Cole McWilliams, Eli Bradley, Ji Wang, Justice von Maur, Sanaa Jain, Sierra Leslie, Charlotte Wu, and Fahad Rahmat.

Performances are February 12-13 & 18-20 at 7:30 PM and February 14 & 21 at 2:00 PM in the Mainstage Theatre of the Scales Fine Arts Center.  Tickets are $15 adults, $12 senior citizens, and $7 students (price includes sales tax).  For tickets or information, call the Theatre Box Office at (336) 758-5295 or purchase online here.  The Box Office is open Tuesday-Friday from 1-5 PM and one hour prior to curtain on performance days.

There will be two post-performance discussions on themes from the production.  On Friday, February 19, Dr. Adam Kadlac from the Philosophy department and Dr. Paige Meltzer from the Women’s Center will start the discussion.  Dr. Stephanie Koscak from the History department and Dr. Elizabeth Way from the English department will lead the discussion on Sunday, February 21.  Biographical information about the guest speakers is below.

Winston-Salem Journal preview of The Waiting Room

Winston-Salem Journal review of The Waiting Room

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Dr. Adam Kadlac is Assistant Teaching Professor of Philosophy at Wake Forest University where he regularly teaches classes in applied and theoretical ethics as well as political philosophy.  His research ranges widely in those fields and he has published papers on such topics as the virtue of hope, the ethics of physician participation in executions, deliberative democracy, and personal identity.  When not philosophizing, he can probably be found coaching youth basketball or soccer.

Dr. Paige Meltzer is the founding director of the Women’s Center. Dr. Meltzer holds a Ph.D. in US history from Brown University, an M.A. from Binghamton University, and a B.A. from Hamilton College. She joined Wake Forest from Harvard University’s Program in History & Literature, where her teaching focused on gender, politics, and social movements in the twentieth-century United States. Her forthcoming book, Maternal Citizens: Gender and the Making of Postwar Political Culture, 1945-1960 (UMass Press), provides a gender analysis of the so-called postwar political consensus. Prior to academia, Dr. Meltzer was Policy Director and Interim Executive Director for the Women’s Statewide Legislative Network, a nonprofit dedicated to women’s economic justice issues in Massachusetts; while there, she led the state’s Paid Family Leave Coalition and did advocacy work with a range of groups from grassroots activists to the New England Commissions on the Status of Women.

Dr. Stephanie Koscak is an Assistant Professor of Early Modern British History, with interests in gender, politics, commerce, and material and visual culture in the long eighteenth century. Her current research examines the commercialization of royal representation with the expansion of London’s print marketplace, and she has previously published on women, the body, and medicine in the eighteenth century. Some of her favorite courses to teach at Wake Forest University include a class on the history of fashion in the British and French Atlantic and a class on Tudor and Stuart kings and queens.

Dr. Elizabeth Way (Ph.D., U. of Georgia) is Visiting Assistant Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at WFU where she teaches courses in British and world literature, the Gothic, and women’s studies. She specializes in 19th-Century British literature and culture, women’s and gender studies, and literature and science studies related to women’s health issues. Her current book project, Romantic Compositions: A Poetics of Home and Exile in Women’s Writing, 1790-1832, is a formalist and cultural study of gender and genre in Romantic women’s writing. Most days you can find her reading something fabulous by Mary Shelley or Elizabeth Barrett Browning.