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The Roommate

THE ROOMMATE
OCTOBER 10 – NOVEMBER 4, 2018
OPEN CAPTIONED PERFORMANCE OCTOBER 18 AT 8 PM
By 
Jen Silverman
Directed by Mike Donahue
Run Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes, with no intermission
The Claire Tow Stage in the C. Newton Schenck III Theatre

Partial support for open captioning provided by TDF

 

ABOUT THE SHOW


Sharon, in her mid-fifties, is recently divorced and needs a roommate to share her Iowa home. Robyn, also in her mid-fifties, needs a place to hide and a chance to start over. Sharon begins to uncover Robyn’s secrets, encouraging her own deep-seated desire to transform her life completely. A comedy about what it takes to re-route your life—and what happens when the wheels come off.

“With humor and heart, Silverman has written a play that explores, with great empathy, relationships with self and with others. The Roommate tugs at heartstrings as much as it tickles the bone” – Louisville.com

 

DRAMANOTES


READ AN INTERVIEW WITH PLAYWRIGHT JEN SILVERMAN

 

 

SUNDAY SYMPOSIUM: OCTOBER 28, 2PM
WITH DIRECTOR MIKE DONAHUE


MIKE DONAHUE (Director) is a New York-based director. NYC credits include: world premieres of Matthew Lopez’s The Legend of Georgia McBride (MCC, The Geffen and Denver Center, Joe A. Callaway Award, Outer Critics Circle Nomination, Ovation Award Nomination); Jen Silverman’s Collective Rage (MCC, Woolly Mammoth), The Moors (Playwrights Realm – NYC premiere), Phoebe in Winter (Clubbed Thumb) and The Hunters (Cherry Lane Mentor Project); Jordan Seavey’s Homos, Or Everyone In America (Labyrinth); and Ethan Lipton’s Red-Handed Otter (Playwrights Realm). Regionally, world premieres of Jen Silverman’s The Roommate (Humana, Williamstown); Rachel Bonds’ Curve of Departure (South Coast Rep, Studio Theatre), The Wolfe Twins (Studio Theatre) and Swimmers (Marin); and Matthew Lopez’s Zoey’s Perfect Wedding and Lauren Feldman’s Grace, or The Art of Climbing (Denver Center). Mike is a recipient of a Fulbright to Berlin, the Drama League Fall Fellowship, The Boris Sagal Fellowship at Williamstown, and was the artistic director of the Yale Summer Cabaret for two seasons. Mike is a graduate of Harvard University and the Yale School of Drama.

 

MEET THE CAST


 
TASHA LAWRENCE LINDA POWELL

 

TASHA LAWRENCE (Robyn)
Broadway: Good People (MTC); Wilder, Wilder, Wilder; (Circle in the Square, Willow Cabin), Proof (Nat’l tour). Off Broadway: Pipeline (Lincoln Center), If I Forget (Roundabout), Lost Girls (MCC), The Few (Rattlestick), The Whale (Drama Desk Nom., Playwrights Horizons), Asheville, Bhutan (Cherry Lane Theatre). Additional Credits: Confederates (TheatreWorks Silicon Valley), A Great Wilderness (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Good People (Dorset Theatre), The Roommate (Humana Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville), Bad Dates, Human Error (City Theatre), Dangerous Liaisons (Huntington), Clover Road (CATF). Film: Romance and Cigarettes (dir: John Turturro); Hangnail (Slamdance); Pooka, Irma and Floyd. TV: “Looming Towers,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” Law & Order” (Classic, SVU, Criminal Intent), “Third Watch” (recurring ), “Deadline,” “Kevin Hill,” “Royal Pains,” “Life with Boys,” “The Line” (ACTRA, Gemini Nominations, Best actress).

 

LINDA POWELL (Sharon)
Long Wharf Theatre: Our Town, A Doll’s House, King of Coons. Broadway: Trip to Bountiful; On Golden Pond; Wilder, Wilder, Wilder. Off Broadway: The Moors (Jen Silverman), The Christians, The Overwhelming, Jar the Floor, Jitney, Angela’s Mixtape, Pericles, Love’s Labours Lost, The Odyssey, Lucrece, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Additional Regional: Mark Taper Forum, Actors Theater of Louisville, Arena Stage, Cleveland Playhouse, ART, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Pittsburgh Playhouse, Baltimore Center Stage and Compangnia Colombari’s Merchant of Venice which has been performed in Venice, Montclair, New Haven and Dartmouth. TV and Film: “Chicago Fire” (recurring), “Law & Order SVU” (recurring), “Bull,” “Elementary,” “Blue Bloods,” “Good Wife,” The Best Man, Morning Glory, American Gangster and The Northern Kingdom. Upcoming: “House of Cards,” “Manifest,” The Torture Report.

 

THE CREATIVE TEAM


Set Design: Dane Laffrey
Costume Design: Anita Yavich
Lighting Design: Reza Behjat
Sound Design: Stowe Nelson
Production Stage Manager: Alex H. Hajjar
Assistant Stage Manager: Amy Patricia Stern
Casting: Calleri Casting

 

THE ROOMMATE was produced by Williamstown Theatre Festival in July 2017
Mandy Greenfield, Artistic Director

World premiere in the 2015 Humana Festival of New American Plays at ACTORS THEATRE OF LOUISVILLE

THE ROOMMATE was developed in part with assistance from SPACE on Ryder Farm (www.spaceonryderfarm.com)

“The Roommate” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.