The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton and Transperformance.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Pauline Productions presents THE ROOMMATE by Jen Silverman

WHAT: THE ROOMMATE by Jen Silverman
WHEN: Thursday, July 26 through Sunday, July 29 and Wednesday, August 1 through Saturday, August 4. Wednesday and Thursday performances are at 7:30 PM, and Friday and Saturday performances are at 8:00 PM. The Sunday matinee on July 29 is at 4:00 PM.
WHERE: First Congregational Church of Ashfield, Main St., Ashfield, MA 01330

Ashfield, MA–Pauline Productions continues their 11th season with Jen Silverman’s nuanced comedy THE ROOMMATE, starring Jeannine Haas and Lisa Abend. Performances will be July 26 through August 4 at the First Congregational Church of Ashfield.

Sharon, in her mid-fifties, is recently divorced and needs a roommate to share her Iowa home. Robyn, also in her mid-fifties, needs a place to hide and a chance to start over. But as Sharon begins to uncover Robyn’s secrets, they encourage her own deep-seated desire to transform her life completely. A dark comedy about what it takes to re-route your life – and what happens when the wheels come off.

"A refreshingly unique dramatization of an older female friendship that I don't think I've seen before.....Pleasantly quirky and surprisingly unexpected... Silverman has successfully penned a very natural yet still outrageous play that gets more and more compelling as it progresses." -Michael Quintos, Onstage LA

Tickets available here.


Jeannine Haas* and Lisa Abend* star in this unconventional comedy.  Toby Vera Bercoviciwho directs regularly with Pauline Productions will take the helm again (4000 Miles, O Yes I Will Remember the Spirit and Texture of This Conversation, Red State of Marriage).  The set is designed by Amy Putnam, Technical Director at Hampshire College and regular Pioneer Valley set designer.  More information is available at

About the Playwright
Jen Silvermanis 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. More info:

*Member, Actor’s Equity Association

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