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  Roz and Ray at Theater J

Roz and Ray

Theater J
1529 Sixteenth Street, NW Washington

It's 1976, and Ray, a newly single parent, has only one goal: Keep his twin boys alive. Both of Ray's sons are hemophiliacs, which means that in addition to the regular stresses of single parenthood Ray must also contend with endless hospital trips, rigorous testing and frequent blood transfusions. When Ray meets Roz -- an optimistic and caring doctor with a miracle treatment for his sons' condition -- he thinks that he's found his savior. But miracles aren't always what they appear to be, and life on the cutting edge of biomedicine means moral ambiguity and impossible choices. Powerful, urgent and beautiful, Roz and Ray charts the untold story of a devastating chapter of medical and queer history. See why the Chicago Tribune deemed this a "very powerful play," when it comes to the stage of Theater J in Washington, DC.

Thru - Apr 29, 2018

Box Office: 202-777-3210

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  Roz and Ray Reviews
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Washington Post - Recommended

"...Even so, "Roz and Ray" performs multiple valuable functions. On the minimalist set Debra Booth designs for the stage of the Aaron and Cecile Goldman Theater, Hartman lays out in accessible and compassionate fashion the missteps of the medical profession, as hemophiliacs began dying along with gay men and others stricken by the disease. Hers is not an indictment of medical malfeasance, it seems, as much as an account of the cascade of institutional errors that led doctors in failing directions before they found the right one."
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Peter Marks

MetroWeekly - Highly Recommended

"...Karen Hartman’s penetrating, cathartic drama, Roz and Ray has a lot of work to do, constructing from the performances of just two actors — Tom Story and Susan Rome — a complex, time-shifting narrative steeped in history and further complicated by an abundance of medical jargon. Yet, in its East Coast premiere, directed by Adam Immerwahr, the drama flows smoothly."

Andre Hereford

BroadwayWorld - Not Recommended

"...Great medical dramas, whether they are onstage or screen, must be equipped with two things: a sense of urgency and characters that heighten the situation. Think The Normal Heart, which despite taking place over several years, never loses a constant sense of immediacy. Roz and Ray is the antithesis of that; a slow medical slog filled with melodrama and moments of unfailingly bad humor."
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Benjamin Tomchik

MD Theatre Guide - Highly Recommended

"...“Roz and Ray” is beautiful and significant. The intention behind it and the story it tells is worthy of being heard and is compelling for us today as we look at our own lives."
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Elle Marie Sullivan

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