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Capital Stage Presents Sacramento Premiere
THE ROOMMATE by Jen Silverman
Directed by Dena Martinez
Sacramento, CA – May 30, 2019 - Capital Stage presents the Sacramento Premiere of The Roommate by Jen Silverman . Dena Martinez, in her main stage directorial debut for Capital Stage, will direct this dark comedy about identity, friendship and transformation. The cast will feature local favorite and Capital Stage Associate Artist Jamie Jones, and Chicago and SF Bay Area actor Laura Jane Bailey. Performances will run from June 19 through July 21, 2019, with a Press Opening on Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 8:00 pm. 
THE PLAY
Sacramento Premiere

Sharon, in her mid-50s, is recently divorced and needs a roommate to share her Iowa home. Robyn, also in her mid-50s, needs a place to hide and a chance to start over. But as Sharon begins to uncover Robyn’s secrets, they encourage her own deep-seated desire to transform her life completely. A dark comedy about what it takes to re-route your life – and what happens when the wheels come off.

“The whimsical setup might suggest we’re heading into a modern descendant of ‘The Odd Couple,’ but there’s a more slyly subversive agenda in play. […] Silverman is an emerging talent to be reckoned with.”   The LA Times

“Heartily entertaining! Full of surprises.”   Chad Jones, Theatre Dogs
THE PLAYWRIGHT
Jen Silverman is a New York-based writer. Born in the U.S., she was raised across the U.S., Europe and Asia. Her theatre work includes The Moors (Yale Repertory Theatre premiere, off-Broadway with The Playwrights Realm, Susan Smith Blackburn finalist); The Roommate (Actor’s Theatre of Louisville Humana world premiere, multiple regional productions including South Coast Rep, SF Playhouse, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and Steppenwolf); Phoebe in Winter (Off-off Broadway with Clubbed Thumb); Collective Rage: A Play In 5 Betties (Woolly Mammoth premiere); and All The Roads Home , a play with songs (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park premiere). Jen is a member of New Dramatists, a Core Writer at the Playwrights Center in Minneapolis, an affiliated artist with SPACE on Ryder Farm, and has developed work with the O’Neill, New York Theatre Workshop, Playpenn, Portland Center Stage, The Ground Floor Residency at Berkeley Rep, and the Royal Court in London among other places. She’s a two-time MacDowell fellow, recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts grant, the Helen Merrill Award, an LMCC Fellowship, and the Yale Drama Series Award. She was the 2016-2017 Playwrights of New York (PoNY) Fellow at the Lark. Jen has a two-book deal with Random House for a collection of stories ( The Island Dwellers ) and a novel. Education: Brown, Iowa Playwrights Workshop, Juilliard. More info: www.jensilverman.com

“I’ve been particularly interested in stories of how people transform themselves, or in people who are drawn or driven to a point in their lives where no choice is left to them but self-transformation.” Jen Silverman
THE DIRECTOR
Dena Martinez has worked as an actor and director for Capital Stage. She has directed 2 seasons for the Playwrights Revolution and played the role of Karen in August Osage County and Maria in  Mr. Burns, A Post Electric Play. Directing credits elsewhere include: La Pastorella, At the Crest Theater for Latino Center for Art and Culture;  Manzi, The Story of Cesar Chavez, The Bay Area Childrens Theater; The Praying Mantis, City Lights Theater; and directed over many years for The Marsh and Vector Theater Co. She was part of the Directing Team for Love is a Dream House in Loren with Shotgun Players and Marcus Gardley. She has also directed 16 years at the Sierra Institute for Arts and Music where she runs the theater arts program and was Artistic Director of Latina Theater Lab in San Francisco, which she founded. Dena Martinez was a Casting Director for The Speakeasy SF, the Bay Area Playwrights Foundation, SF Playhouse , Cal Shakes, The Jewish Theater of SF and for Shotgun Players. She has worked both on camera and on stage and has voice over experience with such names as Pixar and Zoetrope/Coppola Studios. She has toured nationally, with The San Francisco Mime Troupe, Culture Clash, and with the acclaimed El Teatro Campesino. Her many theater credits include: leading roles at Arizona Theater Co. Denver Center Theater Company, St Louis Rep, Marin Theater Company, San Jose Rep., San Jose Stage, B St Theater, Magic Theater, Theaterworks, Pacific Rep and Shotgun Players. Dena Martinez is a Talent Agent with Cast Images Talent Agency.
THE CAST
Laura Jane Bailey*
Jamie Jones
Jamie Jones*
*Member Actors' Equity Association
THE PRODUCTION
The Roommate will be directed by Dena Martinez (Capital Stage Directorial debut), and will feature Laura Jane Bailey (Capital Stage debut), and Jamie Jones ( Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol, How I Learned to Drive, Tribes, The Totalitarians, August: Osage County, Marjorie Prime ).

The production design team will include Eric Broadwater (Scenic design), Timothy McNamara (Lighting design), Rebecca Redmond (Costume design), Ed Lee (Sound design), and Erika Metscher (Properties design).

Performances for The Roommate will begin with three previews on Wednesday, June 19 & Thursday, June 20 at 7:00 pm, and Friday, June 21 at 8:00 pm. The production will open Saturday, June 22 at 8:00 pm. Performances will continue through Sunday, July 21, 2019. Showtimes will be Wednesdays at 7:00 pm, Thursdays at 7:00 pm, Fridays at 8:00 pm, Saturdays at 2:00 pm & 8:00 pm, and Sundays at 2:00 pm.

Regular ticket prices range from $22-47. Discount tickets are available as follows: Student Rush tickets are half priced with valid student ID within 1 hour of performance; Senior tickets are $5 off regular priced tickets; Military personnel tickets are $10 off regular priced tickets with valid ID; and Group Rate tickets are $5 off each for parties of 12 or more. Tickets are currently available at the Capital Stage Box Office, by phone at 916-995-5464, or online at capstage.org.
FACT SHEET
WHAT: Capital Stage presents The Roommate  by Jen Silverman
Directed by Dena Martinez

WHERE: Capital Stage, 2215 J Street, Sacramento CA 95816

WHEN: June 19 - July 21, 2019

Preview Nights: June 19 & 20 at 7:00 pm, and June 21 at 8:00 pm, $22 tickets

Opening Night: Saturday, June 22 at 8:00 pm, $42-47 tickets

Regular Performance Times:
Wednesdays at 7:00 pm, $30-35 tickets
Thursdays at 7:00 pm, $35-40 tickets
Fridays at 8:00 pm, $35-40 tickets
Saturdays at 2:00 pm, $33-38 tickets
Saturdays at 8:00 pm, $37-42 tickets
Sundays at 2:00 pm, $35-40 tickets

BOX OFFICE:
Phone: 916-995-5464
Online: capstage.org
Location: 2215 J Street

WHO:
Playwright: Jen Silverman
Director: Dena Martinez
Cast: Laura Jane Bailey* & Jamie Jones*
Scenic Design: Eric Broadwater
Lighting Design: Timothy McNamara
Costume Design: Rebecca Redmond
Sound Design: Ed Lee
Properties Design: Erika Metscher
Stage Manager: Wesley Apfel*

*Member Actors' Equity Association
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