Disturbing real-life theatre thriller about the Trump era
Is This a Room tells the unbelievable, true and still ongoing story of 26-year-old intelligence specialist Reality Winner from Texas. Accused of leaking confidential information about Russian interference in the last US presidential elections, on 3 June 2017, three FBI agents burst into her home and interrogated her. Reality wound up behind bars, where she remains to this very day. New York director Tina Satter comprehensively brings the literal text of Reality’s interrogation to life on stage: word for word, as recorded in the legal case. The result is an inflammatory reconstruction of the contested evening. You will witness the disturbing yet eloquent verbal dance between concerned citizen Reality and the three agents, which raises numerous searching questions about language, patriotism and appropriation in these turbulent Trumpian times. The unforgettable performance will bring you to the painful realisation that this is really happening at this very moment, right now.
Do you want to learn more about this performance and its makers? On August 23rd at 21:00 h, this performance is followed by an aftertalk in which you can ask everything you would like to know!
“Is This a Room feels almost like a Duchamp readymade: the transcript is presented in its entirety, down to the redactions, and it forms a taut, crazily suspenseful, human-interest-filled story all by itself”
Playwright and director | Tina Satter
Score | Sanae Yamada
Performers | Emily Davis, Frank Boyd, TL Thompson, Becca Blackwell
Costumes | Enver Chakartash
Design | Amanda Villalobos
Light | Thomas Dunn
Producer | Randi Rivera
Stage | Malena Juanatey, Tatiana Mladineo
Technician | Andy Sowers
Assistant director | Mariana Catalina
Creative producer | Meiyin Wang
This engagement is supported by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through USArtists International in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Howard Gilman Foundation and the Trust for Mutual Understanding.“