Reading of Lisa Loomer's play 'Roe,' 5/2

April 28, 2017

When: Tuesday, May 2, 5:00 p.m.

Where: Film Forum, Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts


by Lisa Loomer

directed by Performing and Media Arts associate professor Beth F. Milles

Q&A with participants following the reading.

Lisa Loomer’s Roe traces the history of the landmark Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade—but it is not strictly a historical piece: rather it examines the strikingly humane stories of the women/men at the center of this case, striving to explore all sides of the polarizing issues inherent to this debate.

The play premiered last April in Ashland, Oregon, and has exploded onto the national theatre scene, sustaining successful runs in Washington, DC (opening the week of Donald Trump’s inauguration and simultaneously The Women’s March on Washington), and most recently at Berkeley Repertory Theatre: buoyed, in no small part, by our shifting political landscape and the current events and aftermath of our presidential election. The arguments at the core of this play are timely and now, presciently so.

“The project came to Loomer as part of OSF’s 10-year “American Revolutions: The United States History Cycle,” a sweeping 37-play commissioning program that has already generated notable works such as Robert Schenkkan’s LBJ drama All the Way, Lynn Nottage’s working class saga Sweat and the semidocumentary on 1960s radical groups Party People by the spoken word collective Universes." -- Nelson Pressley, The Washington Post

This reading is free and open to the public. The Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts is located at 430 College Avenue, Ithaca, NY 14850, in the heart of Ithaca's Collegetown.

Lisa Loomer ©Jenny Graham