IS THIS A ROOM: Reality Winner Verbatim Transcription

“Tina Satter/Half Straddle’s production of the transcription is beautifully true to the material. The outstanding cast flawlessly performs what appears to be every unredacted word of the transcript, including stutters and coughs and bizarre half-thoughts (like the title)."

– Contemporary Performance

A true story, still unfolding.

At the center of an imperative discourse about what it means to have honor in today’s America.

June 3, 2017
A 25-year-old former Air Force linguist named Reality Winner (Emily Davis) is surprised at her home by the FBI, interrogated, and then charged with leaking evidence of Russian interference in our voting system. She's in jail now.


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

As the verbal dance between knife-sharp Reality and the 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 is now available for national and international touring and engagements, following its sold-out premiere at The Kitchen, New York City, in January 2019.


Concept and Direction:
Tina Satter

Performed by:
Becca Blackwell 
Emily Davis
Pete Simpson
T.L. Thompson

Lighting Design:
Thomas Dunn

Animal Design and Fabrication:
Amanda Villalobos

Assistant Direction and Stage Management:
Mariana Catalina

Meiyin Wang

Associate Producer:
Isabella Hreljanovic

Production and Stage Management:
Randi Rivera

Composer and Sound Designer:
Sanae Yamada

Co-Sound Design:
Jimin Brelsford

Costume Design:
Enver Chakartash

Set Design:
Parker Lutz


Tina Satter/Half Straddle’s Is This A Room: Reality Winner Verbatim Transcription is 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. Is This A Room: Reality Winner Verbatim Transcription was 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.