Tina Satter/Half Straddle
Is This A Room: Reality Winner Verbatim Transcription
May 7 - 10, 2020
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"...while Is This a Room is on its face a re-enactment, there are elements of the transcript that pitch it into the surreal..."
–The New York Times
Tina Satter’s performance company Half Straddle takes on a true story, still unfolding. On June 3, 2017, Reality Leigh Winner, a 25-year-old former Air Force linguist, was surprised at her home by the FBI, interrogated, and then charged with leaking evidence of Russian interference in the U.S. voting system one week before the 2016 Presidential election. She’s in jail now. Is This A Room stages the verbatim FBI transcript of what happened at Reality's house that day. Is This A Room hits at the center of an imperative discourse about what it means to have honor in today’s America.
About the Company
Half Straddle is an Obie-winning, New York City-based ensemble of performers and designers that make plays, performances, videos, and music led by writer and director Tina Satter that have been seen through the United States and internationally.
Half Straddle has premiered nine full-length shows, and a number of shorter works and video projects that have been seen at festivals and theaters throughout the U.S., Europe, Australia, and Asia. In 2014, Half Straddle’s show House of Dance (commissioned by Richard Maxwell’s New York City Players) was nominated for a ZKB Patronage Prize at Zürcher Theater Spektakel.
With a constant internal engine and focus on feminist and queer dynamics that feels more necessary than ever, the company’s work has grown in recent years to include teaching, workshops, and curated lecture series of other artists in addition to their ongoing making of performances, music, and videos.
The company began in 2008 and received their Obie Award grant in 2013. In 2014, Artistic Director Tina Satter was recognized with a Doris Duke Artist Impact Award; and in 2016, she received a Foundation for Contemporary Art Award, which funded in part the company’s most recent touring work, the feminist art- rock show, Ghost Rings, created by Tina and company members Chris Giarmo and Erin Markey.
Photo By: Paula Court