She has a quiet paroxysm.
Now reemmber that these are the days
before digital pornography.
There is no cliché of how women are
supposed to orgasm,
no idea in their heads of how they are
supposed to sound when they climax.
Mrs. Daldry’s first orgasm could be very quiet,
organic, awkward, primal. Or very
clinical. Or embarrassingly natural.
But whatever it is, it should not be a
cliché, a camp version
of how we expect all women sound
when they orgasm.
It is simply clear that she has had
some kind of release.
~ Sarah Ruhl’s stage directions on “How to Perform an Orgasm” for her play In The Next Room, or the vibrator play. From the program.