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Tina Satter's Is This a Room Announces Casting

Satter both conceives and directs this modern political play.

Tina Satter's Is This a Room will begin performances this October at the Vineyard Theatre.
Tina Satter's Is This a Room will begin performances this October at the Vineyard Theatre.
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The Vineyard Theatre has announced casting for Is This a Room, a new play conceived and directed by Tina Satter. Performances will begin October 3 ahead of an October 22 opening.

Is This A Room originated with a limited run in January 2019 at The Kitchen in New York City. The Vineyard production will feature the complete cast from The Kitchen, including Emily C. Davis (Seagull (Thinking of You)) as Reality Winner, Becca Blackwell (High Maintenance) as Unknown Male, Pete Simpson (Middletown) as Agent Garrick, and TL Thompson (Straight White Men) as Agent Taylor.

The story is described as follows: "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."

The creative team includes scenic design by Parker Lutz, costume design by Enver Chakartash, lighting design by Thomas Dunn, original score and sound design by Sanae Yamada, and puppetry design by Amanda Villalobos.