"Indisputably terrific! A fascinating story!"— Houston Chronicle
A new treatment promising to end pain pits a doctor and his student in an epic battle between altruism and ambition. Based on the true story of the discovery of ether as an anesthetic in 1846 and set in Boston's own Massachusetts General Hospital, this fascinating new play explores the ecstasy of pain, the sweetness of relief, and the hysteria that erupts when healthcare becomes big business.
Produced in association with La Jolla Playhouse and Hartford Stage.
"Elizabeth Egloff's thrilling new exploration of a revolution in modern medicine unfolds in our own back yard, and our collaboration with Massachusetts General Hospital will illuminate a lesser-known chapter of our city's rich history. As our nation grapples with a healthcare overhaul, now is the perfect time for gifted director Michael Wilson to connect the ramifications of this fascinating event to the world we live in."— Peter DuBois
"I an excited to return to the Huntington with Elizabeth Egloff's exhilarating play about America's greatest medical discovery — anesthesia — and the lives destroyed in the wake of creating a new world without pain. Liz is a fiercely intelligent and deeply human writer who has woven a captivating narrative from true events. Ether Dome holds an unflinching mirror up to our ambitious American character and the ways in which class, greed, and prejudice form a twisted path to innovation."— Michael Wilson
Video shot, edited, and produced by Thom Dunn
Funded in part by The Ensemble Studio Theatre /Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Science & Technology Project
Artistic Director Peter DuBois shares his insights and behind-the-scenes stories about the Huntington's upcoming production of Ether Dome.
Elizabeth Egloff's plays include The Swan, The Devils, Wolf-Man, The Lover, and Phaedra. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Helen Merrill Award, Lila Wallace Foundation Writer's Award, Oppenheimer Award, and Kesselring Prize. Ms. Egloff is a member of New Dramatists and the Dramatists Guild and is a graduate of Yale Drama School.
Michael Wilson directed the American premiere of Now or Later (2012) at the Huntington. He was recently represented on Broadway with the Tony Award-winning revival of The Trip to Bountiful, the Tony Award-nominated The Best Man, Dividing the Estate, and Enchanted April, as well as Old Acquaintance. He received 2010 Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for his direction of Horton Foote’s three-part, nine-hour epic The Orphans’ Home Cycle.
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