MEET THE DIRECTOR
Valdez is a director, writer, and producer based in Los Angeles. Directing credits include world premiere productions by Erik Ehn, Jose Cruz Gonzalez, Peter Howard, Tom Jacobson, Will MacAdams, Tracey Scott Wilson, and others. Currently Mark is working with 15 Latino artists of various disciplines to create DJ Latinidad’s Latino Dance Party, a performance that explores latinidad in contemporary U.S. culture, through the lens of a dance party. Most recently, Valdez was the Executive Director of the Network of Ensemble Theaters (NET), a national community of artists and arts organizations dedicated to collaborative creation. Mark has led workshops and participated in numerous panels. He is the recipient of a Princess Grace Award for Directing and for Special Projects, a MAP grant, and a NALAC Artist Grant.
MEET THE PLAYWRIGHT
Loomer is a playwright and screenwriter who has written for stage, film, and television. Roe is the fourth play Mixed Blood has produced penned by Lisa, preceded by Maria!MariaMariaMaria, Living Out, and Distracted. Her plays have been produced at The Roundabout, Second Stage, The Vineyard, INTAR, The Public, Mark Taper Forum, South Coast Rep, Seattle Rep, Denver Center, Cornerstone, Trinity Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, and Missouri Rep, among others. Lisa wrote the screenplay for Girl, Interrupted and has written comedies, dramas, and pilots for HBO, CBS, Fox and Showtime. Her awards include the American Theater Critics Award, Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays Award, Lurie Foundation Award, Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award, Imagen Foundation Award, Jane Chambers Playwriting Award, and the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.
MEET THE CREATIVE TEAM
Bahr is the Costume Designer for Roe. She has an M.F.A. in Design & Technical Theater from the University of Minnesota; an M.A. in Studio Art from New York University; and a B.F.A. in Design & Technical Theater from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Her previous work with Mixed Blood includes Go Ask Alice. Other Twin Cities productions Bahr has been involved with are Wolves, The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley, Hand to God (Jungle Theater), Flowers for the Room (Yellow Tree Theatre), and Understood (Trademark Theater). Regional shows include Romeo and Juliet (Cincinnati Opera), Farewell (Vail Dance Festival). She has received the Minnesota Theater Award for Exceptional Overall Production for This Bitter Earth (Penumbra Theatre).
Gustafson is the Wig Designer for Roe. She is currently pursuing a B.A. in Theatrical Design at Augsburg University. Her past productions in the Twin Cities include Wig Technician for Holiday Inn, Mama Mia (Chanhassen Dinner Theater), Hair and Makeup Artist for Thaïs, La Rondine, The Fix, and Traviata (Minnesota Opera). She was an Apprentice Wig Technician with Santa Fe Opera, where she received the 2018 Technical Apprentice Award.
Warmboe is the Properties Designer for Roe. She has worked with Mixed Blood previously on Two Mile Hollow, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Vietgone, Safe at Home, Corazon Eterno, Orange, Barbecue, Charm, An Octoroon, Pussy Valley, and HIR. Warmboe has also worked with the Ordway Center, Penumbra Theatre, Ten Thousand Things Theater, Theater Latte Da, and The History Theatre. She was a 2018 Minnesota Theater Awards Honoree for Exceptional Design, received the 2017 Ivey Award for Production Design and Execution for Six Degrees of Separation (Theater Latte Da) and Overall Excellence for Ragtime (Theater Latte Da).
C. Andrew Mayer
Mayer is the Sound Designer for Roe. He has worked with Mixed Blood previously on The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Vietgone, Colossal, Learn to be Latina, and Pure Confidence. He has also worked with other theaters in the Twin Cities, including History Theatre, Jungle Theater, the Guthrie, Minnesota Opera, and Park Square Theatre. Regionally, he has worked with Everyman Theatre, American Conservatory Theater, Seaglass Theatre Company, Arkansas Repertory Theatre, and Philadelphia Opera. Mayer has received the Audelco Award for Pure Confidence at 59E59 Theaters in New York City.
Patt is the Assistant Sound Designer for Roe, and she has a B.A. in Theatre Arts from the University of Minnesota. She has worked with Mixed Blood previously on the Prescient Harbingers Trilogy. Her other Twin Cities performances include Two Noble Kinsmen (Shakespearean Youth Theatre), Hamlet but Hamlet’s a Chicken (Grand Island Theatre), James and the Giant Peach JR. (Children’s Theatre Company), This Bitter Earth (Penumbra Theatre), and Hatchet Lady (Walking Shadow Theatre Company).
Patt is the Master Electrician for Roe, and he has an M.F.A. in Lighting Design from the University of Minnesota. Past productions he has worked on in the Twin Cities are The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Designer, SPCPA), Dear Lenny (Designer, OpenEye), I Come From Arizona (ALD, Children’s Theatre), 4 Seasons (ALD, Moving Company), and How The Grinch Stole Christmas (ALD, Children’s Theatre).
ABOUT THE PLAY
Roe, a theatrical survey of the complicated and fiery underpinnings of Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that established a womxn’s right to an abortion. Roe precisely illustrates the fractured and fracturing history of one of the most polarizing social issues of the modern era.
Sarah Weddington was a 26-year-old lawyer when she argued Roe v. Wade and accidental heroine Norma McCorvey was a 22-year-old poor, hard-living lesbian bartender seeking to end her third pregnancy when she first agreed to be the plaintiff under the pseudonym “Jane Roe,” decades before she renounced her involvement in the case and became an anti-abortion advocate. ROE is an historically sweeping rare play that takes this inflammatory American issue head-on. Lawyer’s and plaintiff’s subsequent journeys mirrored the American divide.
ROE was commissioned by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 2012 as part of its American Revolutions Cycle. It was developed at the University of Texas and The Kennedy Center (as part of DC’s Women’s Voices Festival) as well as at OSF’s Black Swan Lab before it played for 70 performances in Ashland and then had runs in Washington, DC (Arena Stage), Berkeley (Berkeley Rep), and Sarasota (Asolo Rep).