Lisa Loomer (born May 1, ) is an American playwright and screenwriter who has also LIVING OUT had its world premiere at the Mark Taper Forum and was produced at Second Stage in New York. It has been produced at such theaters. LIVING OUT, by Lisa Loomer and directed by Roxana Martinez, tells the story of the complicated relationship between a Salvadoran nanny and the Anglo lawyer . Don’t let the fact that Lisa Loomer’s Living Out is tagged as a comedy fool you. While you will indeed often find yourself laughing out loud, you’re also likely to.

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Despite their efforts to relate to Ana “as a friend,” ot remains clear to both Ana and the audience that a severe class divide and an unequal balance of power in terms of money and position will prevent Ana and the Robins from ever really getting to know one another. Franziska Beck rated lkomer liked it Aug 20, Could it be that lying is a fact of life for some people, that wealth provides a greater opportunity to be truthful and honest with individual desires?

The play explores what is the shared humanity between them…and what are the differences wrought by race, class and Ana’s illegal status.

Samantha Martinez marked it as to-read Feb 19, Resources Author Bios Book Club! With courtiers circling [ The first act of the play is a hilarious satire of the nanny business. The New York Times.

Secrets are being kept, and as the lies and half-truths accumulate, tensions flare in both the Robin and Mendoza households. She and husband Richard Joseph Urla are middle-class, white liberals. To ask other readers questions about Living Out – Acting Editionplease sign up.

In order to obtain employment which will allow her to earn the money to bring her first son to the United States and still be able to “live out,” she lies about her family status and leads her employer to believe that her children are still in San Salvador. The backdrop is a page out of the Thomas Guide, the neighborhoods south of Interstate 10 and east of downtown. Loomer gives Nancy ups and downs to which Aquino brings a visceral weariness, anger or confusion.


Loomer is married to composer and painter Joe Romano; they have one son, Marcello. Mimi rated it really liked it Jul 13, Nancy tries to help Ana in regard to her immigration status, while Richard invites her to join him in a celebratory drink one night.

She and husband Richard Daniel Hugh Kellya public defender, have moved to the Westside from Silver Lake and, mortgaged to the hilt, see no choice but to be a two-income household. Allie marked it as to-read Dec 11, The play was produced at the Roundabout Theatre Company in New York in a production starring Cynthia Nixonand has subsequently been produced in theatres throughout the U.

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David Weiner’s lighting complements the play’s action, and Emilio Sosa’s costumes help to bring out the personalities of each character. The play could use a few edits, particularly in the second act, and it takes a turn towards the melodramatic near the end.

Michelle marked it as to-read Mar 17, Wallace Breyer Judith Hawkins recommends that Lksa test out her new nanny by leaving cash on a table and counting it later to see if anything was taken.

Aquino is a commanding force, too, as her Nancy starts in a lolmer state — new roles, new neighborhood — and reclaims some of her life as her own. The bigger issues Loomer intended to address, the dichotomies between rich and poor, American and immigrant, are eventually passed over, though she certainly covers a lot of terrain in nanny-land before striking one particular West L. It has been widely produced nationally and internationally.


Curtain Liviny Variety TalkinBroadway. Were more time spent with these two families suddenly thrown into transition, perhaps the closing chords would resonate stronger. Living people births Writers from New York City American women screenwriters 20th-century American dramatists and playwrights Screenwriters from New York state American women dramatists and playwrights American people of Spanish descent American people of Romanian descent 20th-century American women writers.

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Feb 06, Kim rated it liked it Shelves: Allison Carbonaro marked it as to-read Sep 27, Two mothers from very different social and economic backgrounds experience what they believe is the necessity of returning to the work force and leaving the care of their children in the hands of others.

Alina rated it really liked ouh Mar 29, Both women are striving to have the perfect life for them and their ou.

Living Out – Acting Edition

But Living Livint finishes on a strong note — primarily thanks to Mendoza, whose heartbreaking, vivid performance shines through. The part of the play that really works, the target so to speak, is the anguish a mother experiences once she decides to leave her baby with a caregiver and returns to work and eventually wholeheartedly embraces her career. It has been produced in NY and nationally. Hawkins makes the most of her slimly written role, as does Kelly Coffield Park as Linda, the mother to two rambunctious twin boys in addition to a new baby.