“THE ROOMMATE tugs at heartstrings as much as it tickles the bone.”
“An ‘Odd Couple’ story shifts towards “Breaking Bad.” – LA Times
June 21st – July 14th
Sharon, in her mid-fifties, is recently divorced and needs a roommate to share her Iowa home. She bites the bullet, embraces adventure, and welcomes Robyn, also in her mid-fifties, who has left the Bronx and is looking for a place to start anew. As Sharon begins to uncover Robyn’s secrets, they encourage her own deep-seated desire to transform her life completely, even if it requires a turn into dangerous territory.
Playwright Jen Silverman is a New York-based writer. Born in the U.S., she was raised across the U.S., Europe and Asia. Jen’s theatre work includes: COLLECTIVE RAGE: A PLAY IN 5 BETTIES (world premiere at Woolly Mammoth, New York premiere with MCC, London premiere at the Southwark Playhouse, New York Times Critics Pick); THE ROOMMATE (Humana Festival, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Steppenwolf directed by Phylicia Rashad, Long Wharf, South Coast Repertory Theatre, among others); THE MOORS (world premiere at Yale Rep, New York premiere with The Playwrights Realm, finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Award); DANGEROUS HOUSE (Williamstown Theatre Festival; originally InterAct Theatre in an earlier iteration); and WITCH (commissioned and premiered by Writers Theatre, Chicago). Her plays have been published or produced internationally in the UK, Germany, Australia, Spain, and Shanghai.
Jen is a two-time MacDowell fellow, recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts grant, a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Fellowship, the Yale Drama Series Award, the Helen Merrill Award, and a Lilly Award. She was the 2016-2017 Playwrights of New York (PoNY) Fellow at the Lark. Jen also writes for TV and film, most recently on Netflix’s “Tales of the City”. Education: Brown, Iowa Playwrights Workshop, Juilliard.
Director Nagle Jackson has directed at major theaters throughout the U.S. and on Broadway, (THE UTTER GLORY OF MORRISSEY HALL, starring Celeste Holm), in Europe and was the first American ever invited to direct in the Soviet Union. He served as Artistic Director of both the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre (1970-76) and the Tony Award winning McCarter Theatre, Princeton (1979-90) and was an Associate Artist with the Denver Center Theatre Company, staging twenty productions for them. He stepped down from the McCarter to pursue his dual career as playwright and director. His play, OPERA COMIQUE, debuted at A.C.T., San Francisco and then played the Kennedy Center with a cast including Eli Wallach, Ann Jackson and Brian Bedford under Nagle’s direction. It had its European debut by the Berliner Grund Theater in Luxembourg and was subsequently produced by the National State Theatre of Turkey. His play, THE ELEVATION OF THIEVES was a prize winner of the first Onassis Foundation International Playwright’s Competition, presented to Nagle by the president of Greece. Seven of his plays have been published by Dramatists Play Service and are regularly presented both here and abroad. Nagle continues an active directorial career at various theaters around the U.S. He was a Fulbright Fellow for theatrical studies in Paris, and holds an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Whitman College.
Abigail Rose Solomon
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PERFORMANCES: JUNE 21ST – JULY 14TH
THURSDAY – SATURDAY at 8PM
and SUNDAY at 2PM
FRIDAY JUNE 21ST AT 8PM
SATURDAY JUNE 22ND AT 2PM
SATURDAY JUNE 22ND AT 8PM
WEDNESDAY JULY 3RD AT 8PM
NO PERFORMANCE THURS JULY 4TH
RUN TIME: 1hr 45m
PREVIEWS – $31
THURSDAY – SATURDAY at 8pm – $39
SUNDAY MATINEE at 2pm – $34
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