October 17-20, 2020
by Lisa Loomer
Directed by Kristen van Ginhoven

Two Women. Multiple Truths. One Landmark Supreme Court Case.

ROE is an historically sweeping play with a large ensemble cast that illuminates the history of one of the most polarizing social issues of the modern era, the Roe v. Wade, U.S. Supreme Court ruling that established a woman’s right to an abortion. The play provides a reminder of the human stories behind the debates and how hard we have to work to compassionately communicate with people with whom we may disagree.

ROE was commissioned by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 2012 as part of its American Revolutions Cycle. It was developed at the University of Texas and The Kennedy Center (as part of DC’s Women’s Voices Festival) as well as at OSF’s Black Swan Lab before it played for 70 performances in Ashland and then had runs in Washington, DC (Arena Stage), Berkeley (Berkeley Rep), and Sarasota (Asolo Rep).

“In this world of polarizing conflicts, we have glimpsed a new possibility: a way in which people can disagree frankly and passionately, become clearer in heart and mind about their activism, and, at the same time, contribute to a more civil and compassionate society.”

We’re very grateful to our 2020 Corporate Sponsors and our four main ROE sponsors for making it possible to present this special digital production: Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, Brabson Library & Educational Foundation, Maggie and Don Buckwald and Mass Humanities.


Our production of ROE has ended.

Thank you for your interest!

  • "I wanted people to feel, as they watched the play, that their point of view was represented, if nothing else because that helps people be more open and willing to hear another point of view."

    Lisa LoomerPlaywright

What they're saying about Roe…

  • "Rousing entertainment ... a big play with big ideas."

    Mail Tribune
  • “Cleverly illuminating”

    The Washington Post
  • “Full of nuance and complexity"


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