Sarah Ruhl wrote a Broadway play about Victorian vibrators. Now the same buzz will be heard in a Hollywood movie.
“Hysteria,” a satire about late 19th-century sexual mores, will include one of the strange
remedies prescribed back then for emotionally distraught women: massage with an electronic vibrator.
“It’s a romantic comedy in the vein of ‘Shakespeare in Love,’ with a little bit of ‘The Full Monty’ thrown in,” said producer Judy Cairo, whose “Crazy Heart” won an Oscar for star Jeff Bridges.
Husband-and-wife Stephen Dyer and Jonah Lisa Dyer sent Cairo the script for “Hysteria”
following the success of “Crazy Heart.” Filming is scheduled to begin this summer, with a cast including Rupert Everett and Jonathan Pryce.