About This Show
A Chicago premiere celebration of female friendship and midlife renaissance.
Sharon is Midwestern nice. But to Robyn, her new roommate from the Bronx, that just means very nosy and very, very talkative. A comical mismatch leads to a surprising and touching friendship in this new comedy about how early-life choices lead to mid-life challenges and the unexpected rewards of bridging the divide.
The Roommate is a warm, funny story about a chance cohabitation that sets two lives spinning. Think The Odd Couple meets Breaking Bad.
Jen Silverman's The Roommate premiered at the Actor's Theatre of Louisville and has received subsequent productions at South Coast Rep, Williamstown and SF Playhouse. She is a member of New Dramatists, and has developed work with the O'Neill, New York Theatre Workshop, Portland Center Stage, Berkeley Rep and the Royal Court in London. A recipient of the Helen Merrill and Yale Drama Series Awards, she's also a two-time MacDowell Fellow and recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts grant.
Tony Award winner Phylicia Rashad (director) is a close collaborator with the Steppenwolf ensemble, having starred as Violet Weston in the Broadway production of August: Osage County and more recently, in ensemble member Tarell Alvin McCraney's Head of Passes alongside ensemble member Alana Arenas, directed by Tina Landau, at the Public Theater. Rashad has appeared on Broadway in productions such as A Raisin In The Sun and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and is well-known to television audiences for her groundbreaking role of attorney Clair Huxtable on The Cosby Show.
Steppenwolf does not offer advisories about subject matter, as sensitivities vary from person to person. If you have any questions about content, age-appropriateness or stage effects (such as strobe lights or theatrical fog) that might have a bearing on patron comfort, please contact the box office at 312-335-1650.
Roommate Special Performances
June 21 - June 30
Sunday, July 22 at 7:30pm
Saturday, August 4 at 3pm
Audio-described and touch tour:
Sunday, July 29 at 1:30 touch tour, audio-described performance at 3pm