Fall theater season is in full swing — we saw four shows just last week! But when I put one in this newsletter, that means I really loved it. Is This a Room is one of those plays. Currently at the Vineyard Theatre, it’s the true story of Reality Winner, the 25-year-old Air Force linguist who was charged with leaking documents related to Russian interference in the 2016 election. The play is told entirely through a transcript of her FBI interrogation.
Sounds dry? Sounds intense? Actually, it’s one of the most humanistic piece of theater I’ve seen in a long time. Conversation captured in all its elisions, asides, halting jokes. Marvelous performances. Tickets are available from the Vineyard, and on TDF (if you’re a student, teacher, retiree, freelancer, arts professional, etc, you can get cheap Broadway and Off-Broadway tickets with a $40 annual membership). There are also $25 rush tickets every morning on the TodayTix app (also where I get lots of tickets!).
Also, another takeaway for everyone, not just theatergoers, is…what can you find in something that no one else can? This text was a transcript found in a court document linked in a NY Mag profile, yet it became a harrowing work of art. Director Tina Satter said when she read the document she saw it as a piece of theater.
There is potential everywhere. So how can we change our perspective to find all that potential in the unfamiliar? I’ll be keeping my eyes open—and hope you will, too.