Room by Emma Donoghue
Emma Donoghue, who was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1969, is a novelist, playwright, literary historian and radio and film scriptwriter. She is the author of many books and short stories, including her acclaimed 2010 novel Room, which was adapted for the screen in 2015 starring Brie Larson.
Donoghue’s work has been published in numerous countries and is considered a landmark in contemporary literature produced by women. She has received a number of awards, including the Rogers Writers‘ Trust Fiction Prize and the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2010.
Born and raised in Ireland, Donoghue relocated to Canada in 1998 with her partner and two children. She teaches at the University of Western Ontario and is active in the Canadian arts scene.
She is the author of several novels and a number of short stories, as well as a collection of essays on Irish culture and history. Her work has been translated into a number of languages and appears on many lists of best books of the year.
Her 2010 novel Room was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and an international bestseller. It was based on the real-life case of Josef Fritzl, an Austrian who kept his daughter captive in a small room for 24 years.
In her novel Room, Donoghue explores the complexities of parental love and the ways in which it can break down barriers. The resulting story is disturbing, thrilling and emotionally compelling.
The author of six plays and four novels, Donoghue has a knack for creating characters that are complex, deep and memorable. She also writes a lot about the human condition.
She has created a unique voice that is fresh, sometimes jarring and always challenging.
Adapted from her critically acclaimed novel Room, this stage version of the play focuses on the mother-son relationship between Ma (Adrienne Warren) and Jack (Jacob Tremblay). The story reveals the repercussions of a traumatizing childhood in which the two live in an enclosed, soundproofed room for seven years.
With this adaptation, a team of British and Scottish actors and directors has brought this classic tale to the Broadway stage. This production of Room will begin preview performances at the James Earl Jones Theatre on April 3 and open on April 17.
This musical adaptation is based on Donoghue’s award-winning 2010 novel and the screenplay that was developed for the film, which starred Brie Larson. It features songs by Scottish songwriters Cora Bissett and Kathryn Joseph, who co-direct the show with Donoghue.
Set and costume designer Lily Arnold creates two distinct environments, one of which is faithful to the book’s reality and the other that has some theatrical elements added. Act 1 largely revolves around the two Jacks in their room, while act 2 is more focused on Jack’s imagination.
It’s a powerfully moving drama, evoking the horror of child abuse and the strength of family love. The chemistry between the two actors is believable and the emotional connection is strong.