Phylicia Rashad will direct Jen Silverman's The Roommate.
Phylicia Rashad will direct Jen Silverman's The Roommate.
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Steppenwolf Theatre Company has announced Tony winner Phylicia Rashad (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof) will direct the Chicago premiere of The Roommate, a comedy by Jen Silverman. The production is set to run June 21-August 21, 2018, in the Downstairs Theatre.

The Roommate is described as follows: "Sharon is Midwestern nice. But to Robyn, her new roommate from the Bronx, that just means nosy and very, very talkative. A comical mismatch leads to a surprising and touching friendship in The Roommate, a new comedy about how early-life choices lead to mid-life challenges and the unexpected rewards of bridging the divide."

The show's cast will feature Steppenwolf ensemble members Ora Jones and Sandra Marquez. Phylicia Rashad's directing credits include August Wilson's Gem of the Ocean at the Seattle Repertory Theatre, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom and Joe Turner's Come and Gone at the Mark Taper Forum, and Fences at the Long Wharf Theatre and the McCarter Theatre Center.

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