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ANPF: Side Effects May Include...

Side Effects May Include... by Lisa Loomer, directed by Vanessa Stalling is a new play that explores the pills we need to keep chasing the American Dream, at what can sometimes be an unthinkable 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, David Kelly, Erica Sullivan, Ethan Grabowski, and Ellen D. Williams.

March 25 at 7:30PM and March 26 at 1:30PM at the SOU Main Stage Theatre. $25 General Admission, $15 Access and SOU Students are FREE.  Tickets can be purchased online at

“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 MotherAmy Pietz*

EnsembleDavid Kelly*

EnsembleErica Sullivan*

EnsembleEllen D. Williams*

Stage directionsEthan Grabowski

Production Stage Manager

Production Assistant

*Appearing through an Agreement between ANPF and Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

Sunday, March 26, 2023 at 1:30pm to 3:30pm

SOU Main Stage Theatre, Main Stage Theatre 450 S. Mountain Avenue

Event Type

Local Events

Target Audience

Prospective Students, Faculty/Staff, Alumni, Students, Community


Oregon Center for the Arts


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