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.”

  • Beneficiary

    In keeping with WAM’s double philanthropic mission, a portion of the proceeds will be given to an organization taking action for women and girls. The beneficiary for ROE will be announced soon.
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  • Location

    Presented at Shakespeare & Company’s Tina Packer Playhouse
    70 Kemble Street, Lenox, MA
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Sept 25-Oct 11

September 24, 7:30pm (Preview)
September 25, 7:30pm (Preview)
September 26, 7:30pm (Opening)
September 27, 2:00pm
October 1, 7:30pm
October 2, 7:30pm
October 3, 7:30pm
October 4, 2:00pm
October 8, 730pm
October 9, 7:30pm
October 10, 7:30pm
October 11, 2:00pm

Read more about WAM’s journey to the decision to produce ROE.

The Journey To Roe
  • Discounts

    No Berkshire, Senior, Teacher or Military Discount. Student tickets are available for $15 each and may be purchased over the phone at 413-637-3353 or in person at the Shakespeare & Company Box Office. Student tickets are not available for purchase online.
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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"

  • “Shares 50 years of history in gripping style”

    Mail Tribune
  • “A powerful and compassionate look at a controversial issue”

    The Siskiyou Daily News
  • "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."