The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT)

‘Roe’ an engrossing tale of women’s rights

- By Bonnie Goldberg

STORRS — The Connecticu­t Repertory Theatre is offering a compelling history lesson until Sunday at the Nafe Katter Theatre on the campus of the University of Connecticu­t, with Lisa Loomer’s “Roe,” the story of how abortion rights and women’s choice have impacted our nation.

With 50 characters, over a two-and-a-half hour time span, this talented cast reveals and exposes layers of facts about how Texas became the proving ground for this battle all the way to the Supreme Court.

A landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in 1973, almost 50 years ago, Roe v. Wade establishe­d a women’s right to elect an abortion. Five decades later, this ruling was overturned by another Supreme Court ruling.

People are firmly attached to their own version of what the law should be.

In 1969, an unwed mother, pregnant with her third child, was given the name Jane Roe. She lived in Texas where abortion was only legal if it saved the life of the mother.

A lawsuit was filed on her behalf. Her name was Norma McCorvey (played by Audrey Latino), and she claimed to have been raped.

With the help and encouragem­ent of her lawyer Sarah Weddington (Annie Tolis), Norma became the symbol of this struggle for personal freedoms, for a woman’s rights for reproducti­ve choices in her own body.

The basic argument was the Texas laws were unconstitu­tional.

In January 1973, in a 7-2 decision, the Supreme Court ruled in Roe’s favor, citing the 14th

Amendment’s fundamenta­l “right to privacy” which protects a pregnant woman’s right to an abortion, using a pregnancy trimester timetable to govern all U.S. regulation­s.

Come be caught up in this controvers­ial legal decision, and immerse yourself in “Roe,” define the motivation­s of those involved, and the struggle both sides fought.

Taneisha Duggan directs this dangerous and dramatic topic.

Others in the cast include Andrew Rein, Lori Vega, Katherine Berryhill, Andre Chan Chi Lun, Kat Corrigan Tony King, Aly Liew, Lucy Ouimet; and Kiera Prusmack and Casey Wortham, who play multiple roles.

In 2022, the Supreme Court overruled Roe v. Wade in a new court case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organizati­on on the grounds that the substantiv­e right to abortion was not “deeply rooted in the nation’s history or tradition,” nor considered a right when the due process clause was first ratified in 1868.

It was unknown in United States law until Roe.

No matter which side of the debate speaks to you, you will have much to learn from this involving production in all its personal and political ramificati­ons.

For tickets ($10 to $35), call the Nafe Katter Theatre, 820 Bolton Road, Storrs, at 860486-2113 or email crtboxoffi­ Performanc­es are Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. For informatio­n, go to

Several talkbacks are scheduled. Masks are encouraged and required for some performanc­es.

 ?? Mattias Lundblad/Contribute­d photo ?? Annie Tolis plays Sarah Weddington in The Connecticu­t Repertory Theatre’s “Roe,” running through Saturday in Storrs.
Mattias Lundblad/Contribute­d photo Annie Tolis plays Sarah Weddington in The Connecticu­t Repertory Theatre’s “Roe,” running through Saturday in Storrs.

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