The Roommate

By Jen Silverman
directed by caitlyn lowans

Jan 27 - Feb 17, 2019

Meet Sharon, a fifty-something recent divorcee, and Robyn, her mysterious new roommate from the Bronx. As the two learn to live with each other–and their baggage–in Sharon's Iowa City home, they start to see what's missing in their lives. A laugh-out-loud comedy of moving boxes, new beginnings, questionable business ventures, and a little bit of marijuana.




SUSANNAH BERRYMAN (Sharon) is a long-standing member of Ithaca’s theatre community. She teaches in the BFA performance program at Ithaca College and acts and directs regionally, most recently appearing in A Doll's House Part Two at the Hangar and Nothing to Do with Love with Cherry Arts.  Susannah is delighted to return to KTC, where she has appeared in eighteen productions. Other venues include the Homecoming Players, the Signature Theatre, Syracuse's Redhouse Theatre, the Tampa Playmakers, and the American Stage Company. Directing venues include Ithaca College (Floyd Collins, The Cradle Will Rock, etc.), Opera Ithaca (Thumbprint), KTC (Bed and Sofa), the Cider Mill Playhouse, the University of Illinois, and the Greenbrier Theatre. She enjoyed learning about the poetry of Elizabeth Bishop this summer playing an iteration of Bishop in a biopic directed by Ithaca College’s John Scott. Susannah would like to congratulate Ithaca theatres Running to Places and Civic Ensemble for their expanded missions this year, and Ithacans at large for supporting such a vibrant theatre community.


MAUREEN KEILLER (Robyn) is thrilled to be be making her debut at Kitchen Theatre. Theatre credits: Caryl Churchill One-Acts: Blue Kettle, Here We Go, Our American Hamlet (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company); The Honey Trap, Faithless (Boston Playwrights Theatre), Oh God (Israeli Stage); Come Back Little Sheba (Huntington Theatre Company); Into The Woods, 33 Variations, Big River, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, Speech and Debate, Epic Proportions (Lyric Stage); Between Riverside and Crazy, The Whale, Nine, The Little Dog Laughed, Almost Maine, The Women (SpeakEasy Stage). Television and film: Spotlight, Fever Pitch, My Best Friend's Girl, Olive, Kitteridge, The Makeover, Brotherhood. Maureen is an Elliot Norton Award winner for Outstanding Actress and a three-time IRNE (Independent Reviewers of New England) winner for Best Supporting Actress. Many thanks to Bevin and Caitlin.

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JEN SILVERMAN (Playwright) 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 and Williamstown Theatre Festival, upcoming at 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, pub date May 1, 2018) and a novel. Education: Brown, Iowa Playwrights Workshop, Juilliard.

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CAITLIN LOWANS (Director) is currently the Artistic Director of Theatreworks Colorado Springs. A New England native, Caitlin formerly served as Associate Artistic Director at Stoneham Theatre (now Greater Boston Stage Company), north of Boston, where she directed 25 Equity and 27 youth productions. Favorite productions include WALKING THE TIGHTROPE, Daniel Zaitchik's musical adaptation of PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK, and an intergenerational ROMEO AND JULIET. World premieres include Cooper and Kim’s SUNFISH: THE MUSICAL at Stoneham, RYAN LANDRY’s M and PSYCHED! for Huntington Theatre Company, A. Nora Long’s CLYTEMNESTRIAD and MJ Kaufman’s OUTLAW JEAN for Fresh Ink, as well as a workshop of Kirsten Greenidge’s TONGUE TIED TIGHT AND DELIVERED for the Huntington. While pursuing her MFA at Northwestern, Caitlin directed SILENCE by Moira Buffini; PASSION PLAY by Sarah Ruhl; STELLALUNA, a puppet-driven musical for young audiences; and most recently THE FAIRYTALE LIVES OF RUSSIAN GIRLS by Meg Miroshnik.  


SARA GOSSES (Lighting Designer) creates in found spaces, traditional performance venues, and anywhere there is something worth seeing. Recent designs include Vaudeville (Circus Smirkus Tour), You Are Here (Project 606), Women in Response and Body Passages (Chicago DanzTheatre Ensemble), Stellaluna (ImagineU at Northwestern U.), Peace of Mind and Student Body(Northwestern U.), and The Mystery of Edwin Drood(Wagon Wheel Theatre). Gosses has recently assisted at The Public, New York Theatre Workshop, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, and The Court Theatre. Outside of live performance, Gosses designs the lighting for Saks Fifth Avenue's windows. For more info visit


FRANK J OLIVA (Scenic Designer) is an Cuban-American Stage Designer. For the Kitchen: The Mountaintop. Recent work include world premieres and new productions at Cincinnati Symphony, Urban Stages, The Contemporary American Theatre Festival, Two River Theatre Company, and others. Associate Designer on projects for Broadway, Lincoln Center, St. Ann’s Warehouse, Atlantic Theatre Company, Signature Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, and more. Forthcoming designs include Street Scene (Mannes School) and Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey (Curtain Call Theatre). Winner of the 2017 Innovative Theatre Award for Stage Design and a 2018 Audelco Award nominee for Best Stage Design. His work will be featured at the 2019 Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design & Space. BFA:NYU. Member of Wingspace & United Scenic Artists.


AMANDA GLADU (Costume Designer) is a New York City based costume designer, illustrator, and painter working in theater, dance, opera, and film. She holds dual BA degrees in Dance and Art History from the University of Texas at Austin and an MFA in Stage Design from Northwestern University. While at Northwestern University, Amanda designed the costumes for Equivocation, Anna in the Tropics, Sweet Charity, select pieces in Danceworks and DanceworksCurrent Rhythms, and Stick Fly. Other design credits include Ballet Hispánico (Homebound: Ala'Ala[upcoming], 3. Catorce DieciséisEspíritus Gemelos), Calpulli Mexican Dance Company (Navidad [upcoming], Boda Mexicana), Next Act Theatre (Equivocation), American Theatre of Actors (Stix), and Apollo Theater (Thrones! The Musical Parody). Amanda has assisted prominent costume designers at Manhattan Theater Club (Kaye Voyce), Second Stage (Kaye Voyce), Vineyard Theatre (Kaye Voyce), LCT3 (Kaye Voyce), Chicago Lyric Opera (Susan Mickey), and Chicago Shakespeare Theater (Susan Mickey). Amanda received the 2017 Michael Merritt Academic Award for Collaborative Design for Northwestern University. Amanda currently lives in Brooklyn with her partner, Logan, and her chihuahua, Daisy.


LESLEY LISA GREENE (Sound Designer) is the Kitchen Theatre's Associate Producing Director. Sound & projection designs at the Kitchen include Ironbound, Hand to God, Mary's Wedding, The Brothers Size, The Whipping Man,and many others. She has composed ten musicals for family audiences with collaborator Rachel Lampert, including Emmett & Ella: The Puppy Plot, Physics Fair, and Winter Tales, and she has been an actor and musician for many Theatre for All Ages productions. She is a co-founder and organizer of Porchfest, a music festival held on the porches of the Fall Creek and Northside neighborhoods since 2007.


JESSE HARRON (Props Designer) is a Senior at Ithaca College getting her BFA in Theatrical Production Arts with a Concentration in Design. Her other credits include Scenic Designer for Ragtime at Ithaca College, Props Master for Oberlin Summer Theatre Festival, Props Master for Cendrillon at Ithaca College, and Charge Artist for The Cradle Will Rock at Ithaca College.