Side Effects May Include…
A look at the pills we take to keep chasing the American Dream…at any cost.
The readings will be followed by talkbacks about the play and the development process, which includes a week of workshopping the piece with Loomer, director Vanessa Stalling, dramaturg Tom Bryant, and the cast, including Amy Pietz as HIS MOTHER as well as an ensemble featuring David Kelly, Erica Sullivan, and Ellen D. Williams, with stage directions read by Ethan Grabowski.
“I found this play harrowing and heartbreaking,” says ANPF Artistic Director Jackie Apodaca. “It’s an unflinching look at pharma, consent, and motherhood–a necessary exploration of and for our times.”
Loomer is a multi-award winning playwright with credits including the play Roe, which premiered at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and received the 2017 PEN Center USA Literary Award for Drama. Her plays have been seen around the world at many renowned theaters, including a production of Distracted at the Roundabout Theatre Company that starred Sex and The City actress Cynthia Nixon. Her screenwriting credits include the Oscar Award winning film Girl, Interrupted and several pilots for HBO, CBS, Fox, and Showtime.
With plays like Roe, a drama reflecting on abortion rights, and Living Out, an examination of race, class, and motherhood, Loomer has consistently used her work to ask pressing cultural questions, and Side Effects May Include… is no different.
|His Mother||Amy Pietz*|
|Ensemble||Ellen D. Williams*|
|Stage directions||Ethan Grabowski|
|Production Manager and Stage Manager||Haley Jane Forsyth|
|Production Assistant and Sound Operator||AJ Ark|
*Appearing through an Agreement between ANPF and Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
Lisa Loomer’s plays include Roe; Living Out; The Waiting Room; Distracted; Homefree; Café Vida; Expecting Isabel; Two Things You Don’t Talk About at Dinner; Birds; Bocón!; Maria! Maria, Maria, Maria; and Broken Hearts.
Her work has been produced at Roundabout, Vineyard Theatre, Second Stage, INTAR, The Public, Mark Taper Forum, Arena Stage, South Coast Repertory, Kennedy Center, Seattle Repertory, Denver Center, La Jolla, Trinity Repertory, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Missouri Repertory, and in Mexico, Israel, Egypt and Germany.
Screenwriting credits include Girl, Interrupted and pilots for HBO, CBS, FOX, and Showtime.
She has received awards from the American Theatre Critics (twice), Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays, Lurie Foundation, Edgerton Foundation, Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, Jane Chambers Playwriting Award (twice), an Imagen Award, and an Ovation Award.
She’s currently writing the books for the musicals Real Women Have Curves and Like Water for Chocolate.