The Roommate

By Jen Silverman

Show Details
The Roommate

October 18 -  November 10, 2019

Directed By:
Suzan Fete

Marti Gobel & Isabel Quintero

Approximate Run Time:
90 minutes with no intermission

About the Play

Sharon has been respectable her whole life. Now in her mid-fifties and recently divorced, she needs a roommate to share her Iowa home. Robyn, also in her mid-fifties, needs a place to hide and a chance to start over. But as Sharon begins to uncover Robyn’s secrets, she realizes her own deep-seated desire to transform her life completely.

A dark comedy about what it takes to reroute your life - and what happens when the wheels come off.

Silverman’s THE ROOMMATE is a tragedy that subtly grows beneath peals of uproarious laughter!

- Broadway World

About The Playwright

Jen Silverman

Jen Silverman is a New York-based writer. Born in the U.S., she was raised across the U.S., Europe and Asia. Jen’s theatre work includes: Collective Rage: A Play In 5 Betties (world premiere at Woolly Mammoth, New York premiere with MCC, London premiere at the Southwark Playhouse, New York Times Critic’s Pick); The Roommate (Humana Festival, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Steppenwolf directed by Phylicia Rashad, Long Wharf, South Coast Repertory Theatre, among others); The Moors (world premiere at Yale Rep, New York premiere with The Playwrights Realm, finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Award); Dangerous House (Williamstown Theatre Festival; originally InterAct Theatre in an earlier iteration); and Witch (commissioned and premiered by Writers Theatre, Chicago). Her plays have been published or produced internationally in the UK, Germany, Australia, Spain, and Shanghai.

The Artists

Director - Suzan Fete

Sharon - Isabel Quintero*

Robyn - Marti Gobel

*Stage Manager - Bailey Wegner*

Technical Director - Anthony Lyons

Scenic Design - Madelyn Yee

Lighting Design - Sarah Hamilton

Co-Props Master - Melissa Centgraf

Co-Props Master - Simone Tegge

Sound Design - Sarah Ramos

Costume Design - Amy Horst

*Member of Actors' Equity Association

The Journal Sentinel

In Renaissance Theaterworks’ ‘The Roommate,’ two women surprise each other and themselves.

- The Journal Sentinel 


"The Roommate” is the comedy, drama and love story you never saw coming.

- OnMilwaukee 

Urban Milwaukee

"The Roommate” is Funny, Serious, and Fast-Paced.

- Urban Milwaukee

Shepherd Express

Transformative Experience for Two Women in Renaissance Theaterworks’ "The Roommate".

-Shepherd Express

Waukesha Freeman

"The Roommate" ponders the price of friendship, dramatic change.

-Waukesha Freeman

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