Side Effects May Include…

By Lisa Loomer    

Directed by Vanessa Stalling

Lead sponsors Carol Fellows and Tim Bewley


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 David Kelly*
Ensemble Erica Sullivan*
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.

Play Length: Runtime will be announced during the development week

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Lisa Loomer’s plays include RoeLiving OutThe Waiting RoomDistractedHomefreeCafé VidaExpecting IsabelTwo Things You Don’t Talk About at DinnerBirdsBocón!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.

Read a Q&A with Lisa here.

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Vanessa Stalling is the director and adaptor of the Jeff Award-winning play United Flight 232. She was the Associate Artistic Director of Redmoon Theater in Chicago, a Michael Maggio Fellow at The Goodman Theatre, and has been recognized as one of The Fifty People Who Really Perform for Chicago.

Recent productions include Fen at The Court Theatre; The Great Leap at Asolo Rep; and Roe at The Goodman Theatre.

She is also the Head of Directing at UC San Diego.

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Tom Bryant is known for his work as a dramaturg in the development of new plays on Broadway and in America’s regional theaters. He is probably best known for his work with Robert Schenkkan as dramaturg on All the Way, which premiered at Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 2012 and then went on to Broadway, where it won the Tony award for best play in 2014.

Other work with Robert Schenkkan includes The Great Society, which premiered at Oregon Shakespeare festival in 2014 and The Kentucky Cycle, which won the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1992.

From 2014-17, he worked with playwright Lisa Loomer on Roe for productions at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Arena Stage, and Berkeley Repertory Theater.

The list of other playwrights he has worked with includes: Catherine Treischmann, Phillip Kan Gotanda, Kia Corthron, Arthur Kopit, Lynn Redgrave, Anthony Clarvoe, Sandra Tsing Loh, Nancy Keystone, and Chay Yew.

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Ethan Grabowski
David Kelly
David Kelly
Amy Pietz
Amy Pietz
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Erica Sullivan
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Ellen D. Williams

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