The Roommate

by  Jen Silverman

Full Length Play, Dark Comedy  /  2f

"Equal parts nuanced and comically exaggerated, The Roommateaddresses themes of aging, femininity and identity in a fresh, humorous way." - WFPL

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    105 Minutes
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    Target Audience

    • Adult

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Sharon, in her mid-fifties, is recently divorced and 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, 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. 
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"The Roommate tugs at the heartstrings as much as it tickles the funny bone." -, Read More 

"Equal parts nuanced and comically exaggerated, The Roommate addresses themes of aging, femininity and identity in a fresh, humorous way." - WFPL, Read More

"[...] a warm and wonderful story that explores how a person's ideas about herself can be limiting but, under certain circumstances, can change in a short period of time and alter the tragectory of one's life." - The Courier-Jurnal, Read More 

"It’s probably going to enjoy a really long life in Equity houses and community theaters around the country. It’s just that good, and just that fun.” -, Read More 

"Jen Silverman's The Roommate, a new one-act about isolation, second chances and the consequences of our choices, is as tragic as they come - and it's a tragedy that subtly grows beneath peals of uproarious laughter." - Broadway World, Read More 


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  • First look at The Roommate
  • Humana interview with Jen Silverman
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Aging, Friendship


Performing Groups

  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups


  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Smoking Smoking

License details

  • Minimum Fee: £55 per performance plus VAT when applicable.



  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 105 Minutes
  • Setting: A big, old house in Iowa City. Now in summer.
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


SHARON - F, 54
ROBYN - F, 56
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Cast Attributes

  • All Female


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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. 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, ...

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The Roommate premiered at the Actor's THetare of Louisville as a part of the Humana Festival of Plays in March 2015 under the direction of Mike Donahue.

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