Don't expect a declaration of good versus evil in Lisa Loomer's intelligent, incisive play. "'Roe' is not a screed for or against abortion," writes the Mail Tribune of Oregon. "Rather, Loomer's main theme is the process by which everyday people get swept up in the big currents of history... ."
Indeed, “Roe” reveals the intimate details of the lives of lawyer Sarah Weddington and plaintiff Norma McCorvey, aka Jane Roe, in the years leading up to and following the landmark Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade legalizing abortion in 1973. Especially relevant today, “Roe” reflects the polarization that remains in America while illuminating the passion each side has for its cause, turning from shocking to humorous to poignant. “This play is intended to allow people to sit in the gray areas of life,” said guest artist and director Acadia Barrengos ‘22.
The emotional heart of ‘Roe,’ however, isn’t the face-off between pro- and anti-abortion forces but the tension between the women’s movement — represented by Weddington — and McCorvey, its less-than-empowered instrument.The New Yorker