The Roommate



Brooklyn meets Iowa City when Sharon finds a ‘sensible’ roommate. She quickly learns that Robyn couldn’t be further from the conservative ladies in her book club. Hell-bent on getting to know Robyn, Sharon deploys her charm. The Roommate tells the story of two humorously mismatched middle-aged women, both with the overwhelming desire to reinvent their lives. REGIONAL PREMIERE!

The Roommate by Jen Silverman will play from July 6, 2016  - August 7, 2016 in the Keating Theatre. Subscriptions and Single Tickets are available online by clicking the links or by calling the FST Box Office at 941-366-9000. SUBSCRIBE NOW to the Mainstage Season and see three shows for as little as $39!

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2:00pm performances: reservations begin at 12:15pm
3:00pm performances: dining is available post-show
7:00pm performances: reservations begin at 5:15pm
8:00pm performances: reservations begin at 6:15pm
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The Roommate emotionally maneuvers the fast-pace and thrilling energy of Bronx resident Robyn within the confines of Sharon’s quiet home in Iowa. This play is best suited for adult audiences and mature young adults as it contains occasional profanity, drug use, brief sexual content, and criminal activity. The nostalgia and relationships within this play remind audiences of life’s fleeting youth and excitement.




Director  |  Gavin Cameron-Webb
Scenic Designer  |  Lex Liang
Costume Designer  |  Lex Liang
Lighting Designer  |  Mike Wood


Sharon  |  Jo Twiss*
Robyn  |  Rita Rehn*

* Denotes member Actors’ Equity Association. The Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

RITA REHN (Robyn) Florida Studio: Over the River and Through the Woods, In the Book Of, Sylvia, Always Patsy Cline. Broadway: The Royal Family with Rosemary Harris, Nine, A Chorus Line, A Tale of the Allergists Wife with Valerie Harper. Off Broadway and Regional: Marsha Norman’s Last Dance (with Jo Beth Williams), John Patrick Shanley’s Defiance, Charles Busch’s Our Leading Lady, The Deep Throat Sex Scandal, Call Me Waldo, A Little Night Music, Misalliance, Hamlet, As Bees in Honey Drown (BestActress,NJTheatreCritics), And the World Goes Round (Best Featured Actress, NJ Theatre Critics). Humbug (first female Scrooge). Catch Me If You Can (with Jamie Farr).

JO TWISS (Sharon) This is Jo’s FST debut. She has performed extensively in regional theaters throughout the country and many years in NYC with the world renowned Circle Rep Theatre Company, and on Broadway in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.  She is a “repeat offender” on all the Law and Order’s, and can be seen on the first season of House of Cards. She can also be seen on the web series The Weirdness.


GAVIN CAMERON-WEBB (Director) is delighted to return to FST where, last summer, he had the pleasure to stage The Hound of the Baskervilles. Gavin has been working as a professional director for over 40 years. He has directed across the country and abroad; he has served as artistic director for theatres in Boston and Buffalo and has taught at the Juilliard School and SUNY Purchase. He has directed new plays and old plays, American classics like The Glass Menagerie, English classics like Man and Superman, French classics like The Imaginary Invalid, and even German classics such as Love and Intrigue. And a lot of Shakespeare, including Hamlet and I Hate Hamlet. Currently he makes his home in Irvine, CA with his wife, Jane Page, [FST: Rabbit Hole] who is head of the directing program at UCI. His daughter, Madeleine and her family live in Brighton on the English south coast. She is a jewelry designer.

ROY JOHNS (Stage Manager) is pleased to be back for another season at FST. He has had an exciting and varied career both on stage and behind the scenes from Tokyo Disneyland to the White House. Past credits at FST include The Fabulous Lipitones, Alabama Story; Outside Mullingar; One Man, Two Guvnors; The Hound of the Baskervilles; Chapatti; Hairspray; and Taking Shakespeare.

LEX LIANG (Scenic & Costume Designer) Lex’s work includes design for theatre, film, dance, and special events.  NYC/Off-Broadway credits: 50+ productions, including Secrets of a Soccer Mom (directed by Judith Ivey), The Yellow Wood (directed by BD Wong), The Shape of Metal, and Made in Heaven. Regional: Alliance Theatre, Cleveland Playhouse, Portland Stage, Paper Mill Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, and Denver Center, among others. Lex is the Principal at LDC Design Associates, an NYC-based company specializing in the design and production of creative events. Clients include Robert Verdi, Sears, Kelly Osbourne, and the Kardashians, and they recently produced the décor for the 2015 Tony Awards Gala. Lex has won multiple design awards, is a member of United Scenic Artists, Local 829, and is a graduate of NYU, Tisch School of the Arts.

MIKE WOOD (Lighting Designer) is a theatrical lighting designer whose work has been seen throughout the country. He is currently the director of technical theatre at Collegiate School in New York City. Awards: ‘13, ‘14, ‘15 Theatre Tampa Bay Awards for Outstanding Lighting Design: Of Mice & Men, The Burnt Part Boys, The Tempest: Esta Isla es Mia. 2014 BroadwayWorld Regional Awards, Return to the Forbidden Planet, The Burnt Part Boys, 2015 Creative Loafing “Best of the Bay” best lighting designer. Proud member, United Scenic Artists USA-829. @mikewoodld /

RYAN FINZELBER (Assistant Lighting Designer) is a lighting designer based in Tampa who has assisted Mike on several projects since early 2015. Ryan also serves as the Resident Lighting Designer for both Urbanite Theatre and freeFall Theatre. Recent lighting design credits of his own include Dry Land, The Drowning Girls (Urbanite Theatre), and The Light in the Piazza, Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play, Our Town (freeFall Theatre). Visit for additional information and production photos.

JEN SILVERMAN (Playwright) is a New York-based playwright. Her work has been produced off-Broadway by the Playwrights Realm (Crane Story), off-off Broadway by Clubbed Thumb (Phoebe in Winter), at Actor’s Theatre of Louisville (The Roommate, Humana 2015), and The Moors is upcoming at Yale Rep. She is a member of New Dramatists, a Core Writer at the Playwrights Center in Minneapolis, and has developed work at the O’Neill, Playpenn, SPACE on Ryder Farm, Williamstown, New York Theatre Workshop, Portland Center Stage, the New Harmony Project, Fusion Theatre in Albuquerque, and the Royal Court in London among other places. The Hunters was selected for the Cherry Lane Mentor Project (mentor Lynn Nottage) and Still won the Jane Chambers Award, the Yale Drama Series Award, was published by Yale University Press, and produced as a mainstage at the Juilliard School. She is the recipient of a Lilly Award and the Inge Center’s Otis Guernsey New Voices Award for The Moors, and the 2015 Helen Merrill Fund Award as an emerging playwright. She is currently working on commissions for South Coast Repertory Theatre, Ars Nova, Partial Comfort, and InterAct Theatre in conjunction with PAPAYA (PA Performing Arts for Young Audiences.) Education: Brown, Iowa Playwrights Workshop, Juilliard.




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