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Yoga teacher, dog lover, Arabic linquist, Air Force veteran, jailed leaker.

This show is about a young woman named Reality Winner—transfixing, tough, funny, unexpected, and very real—at the center of an imperative discourse about what it means to have honor in today’s America.

We need financial support to finish making this show—and while we’re creating a simple design and low budget overall, we still have costs to cover the fees of the excellent performers, designers, and technicians making this important play possible.

We are deeply grateful for anything you can give to support this work—which directly grapples with complicated questions of identity, honor, and patriotism in this current national moment.

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OPENNG JANUARY 2019 AT THE KITCHEN, NYC

Continuing our commitment to work about dynamic female characters—we head into new and vital terrain for us—a real story, still unfolding.

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This is Reality Winner.  

She is 26-years-old.

On June 3, 2017, the former Air Force linguist was surprised at her home by the FBI, interrogated, and then charged with leaking evidence of Russian interference in our voting system one week before the 2016 U.S election. 

Is This A Room, with an original score by Sanae Yamada (Moon Duo, Viva la Void), stages the verbatim FBI transcript of what happened at Reality's house that day.

 

Is This A Room: REALITY WINNER VERBATIM TRANSCRIPTION
With Becca Blackwell, Emily Davis, Pete Simpson, T.L. Thompson
Score by Sanae Yamada
Set Design by Parker Lutz
Costume Design by Enver Chakartash
Lighting Design by Thomas Dunn

As the verbal dance between the knife-sharp Reality and FBI agents unfolds in Reality’s home and her autonomy shrinks before her eyes, a simmering real-life thriller emerges—with consequences that extend from the most personal to the totally political. 

Is This A Room has been developed in part at The Ground Floor at Berkeley Rep and New York Theatre Workshop’s Dartmouth Residency.

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