Leah Lazenby (Stockard Channing) is a prominent Boston teacher working with Mrs. Sanders (Linda Hunt), the director of a youth center, dealing with disturbed children. Though she has a way of reaching tough-to-reach children, she is distanced from others in her private life. Things change when she turns her childhood home into a boarding house residence for eclectic characters including a musician, Travis Coles (Sam Waterston), all looking for a second chance in life.
Though her teaching job requires her to deal with troubled children on a daily basis, Leah Lazenby (Stockard Channing) has problems personally connecting with people outside of the classroom. But when she turns her home into a boarding house for eccentric people like musician Travis Coles (Sam Waterston), she is forced to open up and reexamine her life. THE ROOM UPSTAIRS also features performances by notable actors including Linda Hunt and Sarah Jessica Parker.