The Waiting Room

by Lisa Loomer
The Waiting Room
Kelly Andrews

Event Attributes


Mary Coy

Scenic Designer: Andrew Cohen    Costume Designer: Maho Nishida    Lighting Designer: Jane Chan    Sound Designer: Eric  Shimelonis  Dramaturgs: Julia Klavins, Sisi Reid    Stage Manager: Dwight Townsend-Gray

Lisa Loomer’s 1994 play is a dark comedy about the timeless quest for beauty — and its cost. Three women from different centuries meet in a modern doctor’s waiting room. Forgiveness From Heaven is an 18th-century Chinese woman whose bound feet are causing her to lose her toes. Victoria is a 19th-century English woman suffering from what is commonly known as “hysteria.” Then there is Wanda, a modern gal from New Jersey who is having problems with her silicone breasts. Husbands, doctors, Freud, the drug industry and the FDA all come under examination in this wild ride through medical and sexual politics.

Join the artists for a Talk Back following the performances on February 14, 15, and 20.  The discussion on February 15 will include Dr. Michelle Rowley, Associate Professor of Women’s Studies at University of Maryland.

The playwright — who also co-wrote the screenplay for the film Girl, Interrupted — often deals with the experiences of Latinos and Hispanic Americans and with various aspects of contemporary family life. For her work on The Waiting Room, she won the 1994 Jane Chambers Playwriting Award and the 1995 American Theatre Critics Association Steinberg New Play Award.

THE WAITING ROOM is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

What really is the cost of Beauty  Check out the article on The Waiting Room in the Gazette! 


From the Diamondback: The Waiting Room brings new light to old, entrenched issues