By Lisa Loomer

Originally produced at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ashland, OR

April 20 - October 29, 2016

About the Premiere Production:

(Pictured: Sarah Jane Agnew and Sara Bruner. Photo: Jenny Graham.)

Co-produced with Arena Stage and Berkeley Repertory Theatre


Stranger than fiction . . . and all true: The lawyer: a young, brilliant, courageous woman who argued Roe v. Wade before the Supreme Court. The plaintiff: a hard-drinking, wild-tempered hippie bartender seeking to end an unwanted pregnancy. As we know, they won the landmark 1973 case that legalized abortion. But what most people don’t know is how their divergent journeys after the case reflect the subsequent polarization in American culture. With shocking turns and surprising humor, Roe illuminates the difficult choices women make and the passion each side has for its cause. Bill Rauch directs this American Revolutions premiere by Lisa Loomer (Distracted).

Cast: Sarah Jane Agnew, Sara Bruner, Gina Daniels, Susan Lynskey, Amy Newman, Kate Mulligan, Catherine Castellanos, Barret O'Brien, Jeffrey King, Richard Elmore, Zoe Bishop, and Nemuna Ceesay.


Director: Bill Rauch

Scenic Design: Rachel Hauck

Costume Design: Raquel Barreto

Lighting Design: Jane Cox

Composer & Sound Design: Paul James Prendergast

Video Designer: Wendall K. Harrington

Dramaturg: Tom Bryant

Voice & Text Director: Rebecca Clark Carey

Fight Director: U. Jonathan Toppo

Associate Costume Designer: Sarah Beata DeLong

Phil Killian Directing Fellow: Lavina Jadhwani

Movement Consultant: Jaclyn Miller

Production Stage Manager: Jeremy Eisen


Additional funders: Development and production of Roe was supported by grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust. LEAD SPONSOR: The Goatie Foundation. PRODUCTION SPONSORS: The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation.