Roe

Roe

Roe

By Lisa Loomer
Directed by Bill Rauch
Co-production with Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Arena Stage
Limited Season · Roda Theatre
March 3–April 2, 2017
World premiere production

Roe v. Wade—the landmark 1973 case that legalized abortion is still fiercely debated, over 40 years later. In her newest play, acclaimed writer Lisa Loomer cuts through the headlines and rhetoric to reveal the divergent personal journeys of lawyer Sarah Weddington and plaintiff Norma McCorvey (“Jane Roe”) in the years following the fateful decision. In turns shocking, humorous, and poignant, Roe reflects the polarization in America today while illuminating the heart and passion each person has for their cause.

We expect this show to include one 15-minute intermission. We’ll update this information, and add running time, once we have confirmation.

Berkeley Rep offers an advisory about any stage effect of potential concern to patrons’ health. We will post this information as soon as it’s available. We don’t offer advisories about subject matter, as sensitivities vary from person to person. If you have any concerns about content, please contact the box office.


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Current ticket prices

Premium: $57–100 · Section A: $50–87 · Section B: $29–74

Prices are subject to change at any time. Generally, your best bet is to buy early. Weeknight tickets tend to cost less than weekends. For the consistently lowest prices, see any three or more subscription plays.

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Creative team

Lisa Loomer’s plays include Living Out, The Waiting Room, Distracted, and many others. She received the American Theatre Critics Award (twice), a Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays Award, Lurie Foundation Award, Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award, Imagen Foundation Award, Jane Chambers Playwriting Award (twice), and the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, among others.

Bill Rauch became OSF’s fifth artistic director in 2007, after several seasons at the Festival as a guest director. Among his initiatives at OSF, Bill committed to commissioning up to 37 new plays to dramatize moments of change in American history. Bill co-founded Cornerstone Theater Company, where he directed more than 40 productions and served as its artistic director from 1986 to 2006.

Stay tuned for future casting and creative team announcements.

Docent talks and discussions

Pre-show docent talks

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Post-show docent-led discussions

Join your fellow audience members after all matinees and share your thoughts on the show.

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Page to Stage

Every season, Berkeley Rep hosts Page to Stage, a series of free discussions with eminent theatre artists, designed to give audiences additional insight into the plays and playwrights produced at Berkeley Rep. Past programs have featured theatre luminaries such as David Edgar, Sarah Jones, Tony Kushner, Delroy Lindo, Donald Margulies, Terrence McNally, Charles Mee, Rita Moreno, Salman Rushdie, and the Chicano performance trio Culture Clash.

  • Monday, February 27, 2017
    Resident Dramaturg Madeleine Oldham interviews acclaimed playwright and screenwriter Lisa Loomer

Each talk starts at 7pm and runs about 60 minutes. No tickets are necessary for these free events, but seating is limited. The lobby opens at 6pm, and doors to the Theatre open at 6:30pm for general admission seating. Berkeley Rep donors at the Contributor level or higher ($150+) enjoy reserved seating. For more information about Page to Stage or how to become a donor, call 510 647–2906.

Teen Night

Teen Night gives local teens the opportunity to meet for dinner and a behind-the-scenes discussion with a member of the artistic team before attending each subscription-season production at an extremely discounted price.

  • Friday, March 3, 2017

Teen Night begins at 6:30pm at the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre. Tickets are $10. Learn more. To reserve your space, call Teen Council at 510 647–2984 or email teencouncil@berkeleyrep.org.

Post-show discussions

Stick around after select performances for lively Q&A sessions with our artists on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday nights.

  • Friday, March 17, 2017
  • Tuesday, March 21, 2017
  • Thursday, March 30, 2017