Named "Best Theatre of 2019"
“IS THIS A ROOM IS REMARKABLE! AN EXTRAORDINARY THEATRE WORK.
A sharp, blindingly polished slice of theater vérité."
— Ben Brantley, New York Times
Heralded by the New York Times as one of the best theater productions of 2019 and a work with "a tension level worthy of Hitchcock," Is This A Room is a verbatim rendering of F.B.I. transcripts from the 2017 interrogation of former Air Force linguist Reality Winner. After a surprise interrogation at her home, she was found guilty and charged with leaking evidence of Russian interference in U.S elections. Now serving a record-breaking five-year sentence for whistle-blowing, Reality's case was one that gripped the nation and raises the question: Why'd she blow the whistle?
In this thrilling new play, an extraordinary human drama unfolds between the complex and witty Reality and the agents who question her. Directed by Obie Award-winner Tina Satter and starring Frank Boyd, Joe Lanza, Katherine Romans, and TL Thompson.
“HIGHLY ABSORBING. is this a room HAS A MOVINGLY HUMAN PRESENCE AT ITS CORE.”
— Adam Feldman, Time Out New York
“I INSIST YOU SEE is this a room. ONE OF MY FAVORITE PIECES OF PERFORMANCE EVER."
— Helen Shaw, New York Magazine
"Edge-of-your seat drama by astonishing cast."
Tina Satter/ Half Straddle: IS THIS A ROOM premiered at The Kitchen, New York City, January 5, 2019.
IS THIS A ROOM was produced by VINEYARD THEATRE, Douglas Aibel, Artistic Director, Sarah Stern, Artistic Director, Suzanne Appel, Managing Director, New York City, 2019.
Made possible with support from Howard Gilman Foundation, The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, and Joseph and Joan Cullman Foundation for the Arts; and in part by public funds from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Developed in part at The Ground Floor at Berkeley Rep, New York Theatre Workshop's Dartmouth Residency, and a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Residency in 2018.