The true FBI story of Reality Winner: yoga teacher, cat lover, national security threat.

June 2017: Arriving home, Reality finds a team of armed federal agents waiting. They’re investigating a leak. Classified information has got out about Russian hacking to influence the U.S. presidential election.

Reality lets the agents in. They chat. They reposition. Gradually, it becomes clear: this is an interrogation.

The genuine FBI recording of Reality’s interview so struck Tina Satter that she adapted it, word-for-word, as a ready-made script. Without any need for amendment, it plays so fantastically theatrically that it stands as testament to Reality’s real-world wit and complexity.

The 2019 premiere season in New York was a sellout. In 2020, the Brooklyn-based ensemble of performers come to Malthouse Theatre to share an urgent, globally relevant message of agency, power and patriotism within the patriarchy.

"‘DAMN, THE REAL WORLD IS A HELL OF A WRITER.’"
— Artforum

PRODUCTION PARTNERS AND SUPPORTERS

Malthouse Theatre presents Tina Satter/Half Straddle’s (USA) Is This A Room: Reality Winner Verbatim Transcription.

Key image: Manipulated from found image: Michael Holahan/The Augusta Chronicle

CONCEPT & DIRECTION /

Tina Satter

CAST /

Emily Davis, TL Thompson, Becca Blackwell

SCORE /

Sanae Yamada

COSTUME DESIGN /

Enver Chakartash

SET DESIGN /

Parker Lutz

LIGHTING DESIGN / 

Thomas Dunn

SCULPTURAL DESIGN / 

Amanda Villalobos

PRODUCTION & STAGE MANAGEMENT / 

Randi Rivera 

ASSISTANT DIRECTION & STAGE MANAGEMENT / 

Mariana Catalina

CREATIVE PRODUCER /

Meiyin Wang

Event & ticketing details

Accessibility

Wheelchair Access
English No Barrier

Dates & Times

PREVIEW 8pm, Thu 2 Jul
OPENING NIGHT 8pm, Fri 3 Jul
SENIORS PERFORMANCES 2.30pm Sat 4 Jul, 2.30pm Sat 11 Jul

Location

Beckett Theatre

Malthouse Theatre, 113 Sturt St, Southbank 3006

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Train

Any train to Flinders Street, then a 12-minute stroll through Melbourne’s sparkling Arts Precinct.

Tram

The No. 1 South Melbourne tram goes right past our door. Get off at Stop 18. Any tram down St Kilda Road—jump off at Grant Street, Stop 17 and take a 3-minute walk.

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