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IS THIS A ROOM returns to The Vineyard Theatre for an encore engagement December 20 - January 19
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 06:30 pm EST 12/06/19

VINEYARD THEATRE'S

IS THIS A ROOM
CONCEIVED AND DIRECTED BY TINA SATTER

TO RETURN FOR 25 ADDITIONAL PERFORMANCES
STRICTLY LIMITED ENGAGEMENT
DECEMBER 20 - JANUARY 19

STARRING

BECCA BLACKWELL, FRANK BOYD, EMILY DAVIS, TL THOMPSON

Vineyard Theatre Artistic Directors Douglas Aibel and Sarah Stern are delighted to announce that Is This A Room - selected by The New York Times' Ben Brantley and Jesse Green for their respective Best Theatre of 2019 lists - will return to The Vineyard Theatre (108 East 15th Street) for an encore engagement from December 20 - January 19.

Douglas Aibel and Sarah Stern: "Tina Satter's astonishing Is This A Room has become one of the most talked about and in-demand productions in our theatre's history. Because of this, we have decided to resume performances at the soonest possible opportunity to provide audiences with 25 more chances to see the extraordinary work of this cast and creative team."

Is This A Room, conceived and directed by Tina Satter, stages the verbatim
FBI transcript of the interrogation of Reality Winner, who was accused of
leaking evidence of Russian interference in U.S elections. *Editor's Note: Is This A Room should contain a capital "A"

The performance schedule for Is This A Room
Friday, December 20, 8pm
Saturday, December 21, 3pm/8pm
Sunday, December 22, 3pm

DARK December 23 - 25

Thursday, December 26, 7pm
Friday, December 27, 8pm
Saturday, December 28, 3pm/8pm
Sunday, December 29, 3pm/7pm
Monday, December 30, 7pm

DARK December 31 - January 1

Thursday, January 2, 7pm
Friday, January 3, 8pm
Saturday, January 4, 3pm/8pm
Sunday, January 5, 3pm/7pm
Monday, January 6, 7pm

DARK January 7 - January 13

Tuesday, January 14, 7pm
Wednesday, January 15, 7pm
Thursday, January 16, 7pm
Friday, January 17, 8pm
Saturday, January 18, 3pm/8pm
Sunday, January 19, 3pm

The Vineyard production features Becca Blackwell ("High Maintenance") as Unknown Male, Frank Boyd (Gatz) as Agent Garrick, Emily Davis (Seagull (Thinking of you)) as Reality Winner, and TL Thompson (Straight White Men) as Agent Taylor.

A true story, still unfolding. June 3, 2017. A 25-year-old former Air Force linguist named Reality Winner (Davis) is surprised at her home by the FBI, interrogated, and then charged with leaking evidence of Russian interference in U.S elections. Reality remains in jail with a record-breaking sentence. The FBI transcript of her interrogation is the heart of Is This A Room, conceived as a play and directed by Obie Award-winner Tina Satter, in which an extraordinary human drama unfolds between the complex and witty Reality, and the agents who question her. As Reality's autonomy shrinks before her eyes, a simmering real-life thriller emerges, asking what it is to have honor in this American moment, and how the personal can reverberate globally.

Reality Winner has been in jail since the day depicted on stage. She is serving a more than five year sentence, the longest ever imposed in federal court for an unauthorized release of government information to the media.

The design team includes scenic design by Parker Lutz (Ghost Rings), costume design by Enver Chakartash (Since I Can Remember), lighting design by Thomas Dunn (The Undertaking), sound design by Lee Kinney ("Daddy") and Sanae Yamada, original music by Sanae Yamada (Moon Duo, Vive la Void), and puppetry design by Amanda Villalobos (In The Green).

Tickets are available at www.vineyardtheatre.org or by calling 212-353-0303.



ABOUT VINEYARD THEATRE

Vineyard Theatre is an Off-Broadway theatre company dedicated to developing and producing bold new plays and musicals by both emerging and established artists. The theater is committed to creating an artistic home for daring and diverse artists and nurturing their unique voices. For over 35 years, the company has sought to produce work that challenges all of us to see ourselves and our world in new ways, and that pushes the boundaries of what theatre can be and do.

The Vineyard's 2018-19 season included Ngozi Anyanwu's Good Grief, directed by Awoye Timpo, Jeremy O. Harris' "Daddy," directed by Danya Taymor, and Mara Nelson-Greenberg's Do You Feel Anger?, directed by Margot Bordelon. Other notable premieres include David Cale's Harry Clarke (2018 Drama Desk, Obie, Lucille Lortel awards); Paula Vogel and Rebecca Taichman's Indecent (two 2017 Tony Awards); two Pulitzer Prize-winning plays, Paula Vogel's How I Learned to Drive and Edward Albee's Three Tall Women; Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' Gloria; Nicky Silver's The Lyons; Marx, Lopez and Whitty's Avenue Q (Tony Award, Best Musical); Kander, Ebb, and Thompson's The Scottsboro Boys; Bell and Bowen's [title of show]; Lanie Robertson's Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill; Polly Pen's Goblin Market; Tarell Alvin McCraney's Wig Out!; Jenny Schwartz' God's Ear; Will Eno's Middletown ; Becky Mode's Fully Committed; Colman Domingo's Dot; and many more.

The Vineyard's Paula Vogel Playwriting Award and Susan Stroman Directing Award provide residences to early-career artists, and our education programs serve over 700 NYC public high school students annually, culminating in REBEL VERSES in collaboration with Developing Artists. Works developed and premiered at our home in Union Square have gone on to be seen around the world, and The Vineyard is proud to be the recipient of special Drama Desk, Obie, and Lucille Lortel awards for artistic excellence.

The Vineyard's 2019-2020 productions include the New York premiere of Lucas Hnath's Dana H. directed by Les Waters in a co-production with Goodman Theatre and Center Theatre Group, and the world premiere of Tuvalu or, The Saddest Song, by Antoinette Nwandu, directed by Danya Taymor. All shows will be presented at Vineyard Theatre (108 East 15th Street). Memberships are now on sale for The Vineyard's 2019-2020 season and can be purchased online at www.vineyardtheatre.org or by calling the box office at 212-353-0303.

Vineyard Theatre's leadership includes Artistic Directors Douglas Aibel and Sarah Stern and Managing Director Suzanne Appel.

www.vineyardtheatre.org


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BIOGRAPHIES
Tina Satter (Conceiver and Director) is a playwright, director, and teacher who was a recipient of a 2016 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Award, a 2014 Doris Duke Artist Impact Award, and was named an Off-Off Broadway Innovator to Watch by Time Out New York. She is the leader of Half Straddle, an Obie-winning, New York City-based ensemble of performers and designers. With Half Straddle, she has written and directed nine full-length plays, and a number of smaller projects, and re-imagined them for a range of spaces as they have toured to numerous theaters and festivals in the U.S. and internationally. She has taught and led workshops on writing, directing, and feminist approaches to art-making at a number of schools and universities. She is a Usual Suspect at New York Theatre Workshop. In 2017, she received a PANOS commission from Culturgest in Lisbon, Portugal to write a play for teenagers, and worked with the Portuguese directors on the translation and dramaturgy of her play, Small Breath. Tina attended Mac Wellman's graduate playwriting program at Brooklyn College and received an M.A. from Reed College and a B.A. from Bowdoin College. Her first collection of plays, Seagull (Thinking of you), was published by 53rd State Press in 2014. The full text of Ghost Rings and a live vinyl recording were put out by 53rd State Press in 2016.

Emily Davis (Reality Winner) has performed in New York and toured internationally with Half Straddle for a decade, notably originating leading roles in productions of The Seagull (Thinking of you) (Nina) and Football/In the Pony Palace (Eleanore). Recent original roles in New York include: Of Government (Clubbed Thumb Summer Series), O, Earth at The Foundry, My Old Man at Dixon Place and Singlet at The Bushwick Starr. Emily's theater career landed her a role in this summer's celebrated arthouse lo-fi hit The Plagiarists which premiered at The Berlinale and New Directors/New Films. Emily wrote and starred in the short film Gwen In Texas, and her lecture on Neurodiversity and art "John Davis: For All I Know" was presented and published by The Kitchen. Emily has voiced numerous animated characters for filmmaker Dash Shaw. Emily wishes to gratefully acknowledge her frequent collaborators Erin Markey, Jess Barbagallo, Becca Blackwell, and filmmaker Nicholas Zeig-Owens.

Becca Blackwell (Unknown Male) is a NYC based trans actor, performer and writer. Existing between genders, and preferring the pronoun "they," Blackwell works collaboratively with playwrights and directors to expand our sense of personhood and the body through performance. Some of their collaborations have been with Young Jean Lee, Half Straddle, Jennifer Miller's Circus Amok, Richard Maxwell, Erin Markey, Sharon Hayes, Theater of the Two Headed Calf and Lisa D'Amour. Film/TV includes: "High Maintenance", Marriage Story, "Shameless," Deadman's Barstool, and Jack in the Box. Becca is a recipient of the Doris Duke Impact Artist Award. And currently a resident artist at Joe's Pub. Their solo show They, Themself and Schmerm tours in towns like yours.

Frank Boyd (Agent Garrick) has appeared Off-Broadway in Gatz (Public Theatre) and The Select (New York Theatre Workshop). Frank is the writer and performer of The Holler Sessions (Paradise Factory - NY Times Critics' Pick. Touring: Guthrie Theatre, ACT Theatre, Detroit Public Theatre). As a company member of the TEAM, he co-created and performed in Architecting and Particularly in the Heartland. Frank has also toured with Young Jean Lee's Theater Company in Straight White Men. Frank is currently developing a new show about baseball that takes place in post-apocalyptic Iowa. He can be seen in the films Thin Skin and Almost Family and on television in "Z Nation".

TL Thompson (Agent Taylor) Broadway: Straight White Men (Person In Charge u/s), Second Stage Theater. Theater: Waafrica 123 (Aweeno), Criminal Queerness Festival. Diana Oh's My H8 Letter To The Gr8 American Theater (Human Being), Public Theater. NERVOUS/SYSTEM (Pollster), BAM Next Wave. AFTER (Company) Public Theater. Bathsheba's Psalms: Or, a Woman of Unusual Beauty Taking A Bath (Ensemble) TANK Theater. Podcasts: Adventures in New America (Bishop). Welcome to Nightvale (Lee Marvin). Webseries: "These/Thems" (TI), Outfest 2019, Dir. Jett Garrison. "The Hunted" (Nic), Dir. Crystal Arnette. Films: Flu$h (Wrex), Dir. Heather Acs. Separation/Celebration, Dir. Amanda Madden. Friday Afternoon Dir. Paige Campbell. TL is also NY Neo Futurist, who performs frequently in The Infinite Wrench, an ongoing attempt to perform 30 plays in one hour.


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Critic's Pick!
"'IS THIS A ROOM' IS REMARKABLE! AN EXTRAORDINARY THEATRE WORK.
A sharp, blindingly polished slice of theater vérité.
Davis delivers one of the most trenchantly observed performances of the year."
Ben Brantley, The New York Times

"I INSIST YOU SEE IS THIS A ROOM. ONE OF MY FAVORITE PIECES OF PERFORMANCE EVER.
EMILY DAVIS IS ELECTRIFYING!"
Helen Shaw, New York Magazine

"HIGHLY ABSORBING. IS THIS A ROOM HAS A MOVINGLY HUMAN PRESENCE AT ITS CORE.
Emily Davis gives a performance of heart-wrenching rawness and lucidity."
Adam Feldman, Time Out

"A WHITE-KNUCKLE THRILLER! GRIPPING PERFORMANCES."
Zachary Stewart, TheaterMania

"PROFOUNDLY COMPELLING. WILL KEEP YOU AT THE EDGE OF YOUR SEAT.
Hits the heights of drama and the lows of current American politics with resounding realism and nerve-wracking suspense. EMILY DAVIS'S PORTRAYAL IS A TOUR-DE-FORCE."
Deb Miller, DC Metro Arts

"TENSE AND RIVETING"
Michael Dale, Broadway World

"A STRIKING NEW WORK OF THEATER!
Smartly devised and directed by Tina Satter.
Is This A Room packs a sharp slice of real life that gives audiences something
current and substantial to chew over afterwards."
Michael Sommers, New York Stage Review

"DAVIS' PERFORMANCE IS MASTERFUL.
If you were only going to go to one play the rest of the year make it this one."
Elizabeth Foster, New York Theatre Guide

"GO SEE THIS OUTSTANDING PIECE OF THEATRE!
A fascinating combination of verbatim documentary theatre and stylized performance piece.
Pure Pinter-like energy to the language, evasions, pauses.
All of the actors are doing incredible work."
David Cote, New York Drama Critics Circle

"A THRILLING, THOUGHT-PROVOKING WORK."
Joey Sims, Exeunt NYC

"FASCINATING! INTELLIGENTLY PERFORMED.
The actors are all excellent."
Tim Teeman, Daily Beast

"THE PERFORMANCES ARE EXCELLENT ACROSS THE BOARD."
Adrian Dimanlig, Interludes

"GALVANIZING! A FASCINATING EXPERIENCE.
Watching Emily Davis play Reality is really, really something."
Peter Filichia, Broadway Radio
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