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April 5 – 30, 2023
From the Director

Jenny LaveryMany people know the outcome of Roe v. Wade, but how many know the details of the case or the women behind this landmark decision? Sarah Weddington and Norma McCorvey might not be household names, but their actions have affected all of us.

I have always been passionate about reproductive justice and basic healthcare rights, so when I was hired to direct ROE in ZACH’s 2020 season, I was fired up. Three (wonderful) days into rehearsals and seven months into production planning, the pandemic upended the world and halted our production in its tracks. We were heartbroken. Unsure if it’d make sense to reprogram the piece given the ever changing times, I made peace with the idea that we might never have this opportunity again.

Who could have guessed what would unfold in the next three years? In 2020, a documentary was released in which Norma McCorvey, in a deathbed confession, stated that the Pro-Life movement paid her to switch sides, but she was never pro-life. In September 2021, TX SB 8 restricted access to reproductive care and sanctioned citizens to sue abortion providers and any individual who “aids and abets” an abortion. In December 2021, Sarah Weddington passed away and was buried in the Texas State Cemetery in Austin. And in June 2022, Roe v. Wade was overturned by the Supreme Court.

Now in 2023, access to reproductive care, especially in our home state of Texas, has drastically changed and we are potentially even more divided than we were three years ago. The passion that I felt in 2020 hasn’t dissipated. It’s only intensified. I believe we are in a crucial time to engage with this story so that we can make visible how we got here and where we might go next.

As you watch ROE, I encourage you to ask yourself who am I in this story? What might I learn from Norma McCorvey and Sarah Weddington? As Sarah says in the play, "Now is the time for your voice:" history isn’t over yet.

In Texas and at ZACH, we have the gift of audiences filled with patrons who stand on both sides of this issue. My hope is that today’s production will jump start conversations between folks who share differing points of view. Our fractured world needs more conversation. Specifically, more 'across the aisle' conversation. More listening. And, crucially, more understanding.

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-Jenny Lavery

ROE Program

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DAVE STEAKLEY, Producing Artistic Director
JAMIE HERLICH, Managing Director



APRIL 5–30, 2023

Director …… Jenny Lavery
Assistant Director …… Kathleen McDowell
Scenic and Properties Designer …… Michelle Ney
Projection Designer …… Stephanie Busing
Costume Designer …… Jenny Hanna-Chambers
Hair and Makeup Designer …… Serret Jensen
Lighting Designer …… Rachel Atkinson
Sound Designer …… Phillip Owen
Associate Sound Designer …… Eliot Haynes
Dialect Coach …… Kate Glasheen
Stage Manager …… Devon Muko*
AEA Assistant Stage Manager …… Aly Redland*
Assistant Stage Manager …… Casey Boriskie

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

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** Member of IATSE 829

There will be one 20 minute intermission. Drinks and snacks are welcome in the theatre.

Executive Producers

Maxx Judd and Donn Gauger
Jennifer and Kevin Goetz
The Lisa's
Tobin and Amber Shaw

Additional Production Support

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The Summerlee Foundation


ROE Cast
Woman One …… Nisi Sturgis*
Woman Two …… Amber Quick*
Woman Three …… Sandra Valls*
Woman Four …… Amy Downing*
Woman Five …… Lara Wright*
Woman Six …… Michelle Alexander*
Woman Seven …… Elise Ogden*
Woman Eight …… Whitney Abraham
Man One …… Jeff Mills*
Man Two …… Cliff Miller*
Man Three …… David Kroll*
Student Actress …… Emily Wolfman
Student Actress …… Riley Richichi

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

Stage Directors and Choreographers Society

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*Actors’ Equity Association, founded in 1913, represents more than 49,000 Actors and Stage Managers in the Understudy Equity negotiates wages and working conditions, providing a wide range of benefits, including health and pension plans. Equity seeks to foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society. actorsequity.org

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The videotaping or other video or audio recording of this production and the taking of photographs, with or without flash, or by camera phone, is strictly prohibited. Please turn off all electronic devices — such as cell phones, pagers, etc. — and refrain from texting and/or tweeting during the performance.

Audience members may take photos in the theatre lobby before and after the show and during intermission. If you post photos on social media or elsewhere please credit the production's designers.

ROE Production Team


Lead Scenic Charge …… Tyler Rankin
Lead Carpenter …… Noah Blievernicht, Mike Hennessy
Scenic Carpenters …… Louie Espinoza, David Hernandez, Chris Dominguez, Christy Howell
Scenic Painters …… Aaron Bell, Roger Mason


Props Manager …… Nathan Alexander
Props Artisan …… Sandra Lopez, Marshall Tosko, Scott Groh, Darby Powers


Wardrobe and Hair Manager …… Jillian de la Rosa
Lead Dresser …… Sabrina Entrekin
Wardrobe Crew …… Channing Miller, Cece Sanchez
Wardrobe/Wig Crew …… Rowan Hinkelman


Lead Electrician …… Jarrod Fries
Programmer and Light Board Operator …… Sabrina Idom
Spot Operators …… Woody Hutzel, Alanna Scoggins


Lead Audio Engineer …… Austin Brion
Audio Engineer …… Miranda Devere


Stage Operations Lead …… Max Rocca
Deck Crew …… Pat Regner, Savy Hess
Covid Safety Managers …… Austin Manning, Marilyn Wechsler, Nicole Wilkins


About the Playwright
Lisa Loomer