"Roe," a drama by Lisa Loomer about central figures in the American abortion rights debate that debuted at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in April 2016, is the winner of the PEN Center USA 2017 Literary Award for Drama.
The story of "Roe" unfolds through the experiences of Norma McCorvey, the original Jane Roe, and Sarah Weddington, the lawyer who successfully argued Roe v. Wade before the U.S. Supreme Court in 1972 at the age of 27.
While initially allies, the two women grew apart ideologically as time passed, with McCorvey eventually disavowing any support of the abortion rights movement.
Roe was commissioned by OSF’s American Revolutions: the United States History Cycle program, which is commissioning and developing 37 new plays sprung from moments of change in American history. The OSF production of "Roe" went on to play at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., and Berkeley Repertory Theatre in Berkeley, California.