HOLD THESE TRUTHS by Jeanne Sakata

**nominated for Outstanding Direction, Outstanding Production and Outstanding Performance - Theater Bay Area Awards

**nominated for SDC's Joe A Callaway Award for Best Direction

**nominated for Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Solo Performance (actor Joel de la Fuente)

NY Times (Sheen Center, produced by Hang a Tale)

SF Gate (TheatreWorks/Silicon Valley)

The Mercury News (TheatreWorks/Silicon Valley)

Star Tribune (The Guthrie Theater)

Twin Cities Arts Reader (The Guthrie Theater)

Talkin' Broadway (The Guthrie Theater)

How Was the Show? (The Guthrie Theater)

Bay Area Plays (TheatreWorks)

Seattle Times (ACT)

Indy Week (Playmakers Repertory Theater)

Triangle Arts & Entertainment (Playmakers Repertory Theater)

The New Yorker (Epic Theater in NYC)

Urban Excavations (Epic Theater in NYC)

New York Theater Review (SoloNova in NYC)

"Hold These Truths, elegantly directed by Lisa Rothe in a top-notch production for the company Hang a Tale, is a gripping story about a shameful chapter of our history, when the United States government looked at its own people and saw the enemy...(aided by all-around excellent design: set by Mikiko Suzuki MacAdams, lighting by Cat Tate Starmer, music and sound by Daniel Kluger). It’s also because of Joel de la Fuente’s endearing solo performance, which vividly — and, more often than you’d think, comically — renders Gordon and the constellation of people around him." - Laura Collins-Hughes, New York Times


"As actor Joel de la Fuente conjures a variety of characters with virtuosic ease under Lisa Rothe’s spare and focused direction, the play builds a portrait of an America that just barely tolerated the presence of citizens of Japanese descent even before the outbreak of World War II." - Lisa Brock, Star Tribune

"To call de la Fuente’s performance a tour de force would be misleading—although it is surely that. Under the skilled direction of Lisa Rothe, de la Fuente embodies multiple characters as well as Hirabayashi across several decades of his life, creating an impressionistic patchwork that is part theatrical memoir, part meditation on the American dream and the promise of its Constitution. However, the power in de la Fuente’s performance comes from his utter avoidance of any virtuosic, “show-offy” moments that so often puncture extended monologues of this kind in less skilled performers." - Lydia Lunning, Twin Cities Arts Reader

"Lisa Rothe directed the production, as she did for its Off-Broadway run in New York. She oversaw the seamless transition among characters, places and times, never allowing the story to rest, as Gordon Hirabayashi never rested in his dogged pursuit of basic rights for himself and his people." - Arthur Dorman, Talkin' Broadway

"This is not the story of flashy revolt, but of optimism and the search for mutual understanding. Lisa Rothe aptly captures this spirit in her clean direction and guides de la Fuente’s performance as he injects humanity into each of the many personalities he portrays, from Gordon’s light-hearted kindness, to conflicted Supreme Court justices, to the military figures seeking Gordon’s obedience...It is engrossing storytelling from beginning to end." - David and Chelsea Berglund, How Was the Show?

"The one-person show, written by Jeanne Sakata, directed with understated depth by Lisa Rothe, and featuring a masterful performance by Joel de la Fuente, starts off in a way that brings the audience directly into the fold, making those first few minutes some of the most powerful. That’s because the play starts off in the aisle, amongst the audience. It might seem small and insignificant, but Hirabayashi was like any of us he stood beside, especially those of us whose skin is darker than most." - David John Chavez, Bay Area Plays


"Luminous moments of youthful joy arise...accentuated in Lisa Rothe’s fluid staging." - Misha Berson, Seattle Times

"Actor Joel de la Fuente, under the direction of the remarkable Lisa Rothe (who directed last season’s powerful Penelope), fully engages your attention for a fast-moving 85 minutes." - Kate Dobbs Ariail, Indy Week

"Jeanne Sakata’s beautifully written one-man play, Hold These Truths, is fully realized with direction from Lisa Rothe and a powerful performance from Joel de la Fuente." - Susie Potter, Triangle Arts & Entertainment

"The flawless direction by Lisa Rothe creates a unity of action despite the frequent changes in time and perspective. The perfectly minimal set is used excellently, and the transitions are effortless and clear. Most importantly, a lovely balance is struck between the facts of the story and its emotional core. One is never sacrificed for the sake of the other. Humor and suffering also coexist here quite beautifully, and both are equally vital to our understanding of what unfolds." - Julie Hochner, New York Theater Review

CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF by Tennessee Williams

@ Kansas City Repertory Theatre

KC Applauds

KC Studio

PerformInk Kansas City

The Pitch

"As good as the movie with Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, and Burl Ives was, the steamy movie pales beside the KC Rep live version. This local version with two guest actors presents the raw, explosive, steamy, sultry play as true to any Tennessee Williams play one will ever see....Take note. This production is worthy of national recognition and would succeed on Broadway, London’s West End, or a Los Angeles run. The show is quality piled on quality. Interesting, compelling, thought-provoking, rough, sublime, exhausting, shocking–it’s all there. This is Tennessee Williams at his finest. " - Bob Evans, KC Applauds

"Kansas City Repertory Theatre dishes up a gleaming Cadillac production of  'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,' deftly directed, elegantly designed and festooned with vivid performances from one of the best casts you’re likely to see on any stage.  Director Lisa Rothe,  does an impressive job with a talented cast, squeezing as much valid drama from the material as possible. And she gets a big assist from an inspired design team" (Lee Savage, Theresa Squire, Cecilia Durnon & Lindsay Jones). - Robert Trussell, KC Studio

"Director Lisa Rothe’s skill is evident mere seconds into the show, and her ability to deliver the hidden message is terrific. It’s a message that speaks to us today...features set design by Lee Savage (walls lined with bottles was a brilliant move), and lovely costume designs by Theresa Squire that never distract the audience away from the play...Sizzling,, sensuous and smoldering."  – Megan Greenlee, PerformInk Kansas City

"Williams revised the 1955 drama (striking period outfits by costume designer Theresa Squire) in 1974, and that version, directed here by Lisa Rothe, is an absorbing production, realized with impressive performances by a talented cast." - Deborah Hirsch, The Pitch


IN MY CHAIR, written and performed by Eva DeVirgilis

@ Virginia Repertory Theatre

Broadway World

Richmond Times-Dispatch

"The stories of self-acceptance are genuine, funny, inspiring, completely raw and sometimes heartbreaking. At the masterful direction of Lisa Rothe, it's a marvel to see DeVirgilis at the very top of her game, seamlessly morphing into dozens of distinct characters, all with different dialects, body language and unique characteristics." - Jeremy Bustin, Broadway World

"New York-based director Lisa Rothe deftly helps the artist transform her original straight-on TEDx Talk by carefully orchestrating Andew Bonniwell’s moody lighting, Robbie Kinter’s brash sound work and Tennessee Dixon’s terrifically abstract and complementary scenic design and projections into a multi-hued stage piece." - Tony Farrell, Richmond Times-Dispatch

AMBER WAVES by James Still 

@ Indiana Repertory Theatre


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A Seat on The Aisle

On The Aisle

Weekly View

Plays With John and Wendy

"Lisa Rothe directs a splendid cast, utilizing an imaginative set by Narelle Sissons augmented by Mary Louise Geiger’s sensitive lighting patterns and Todd Mark Reischman’s organic sound design. Theresa Squire adds a knowing touch with her spot-on costume choices." - Ken Klingenmeier, A Seat on The Aisle

"All of the cast’s acting performances were uniformly impressive, an indication of the strong influence exerted by director Lisa Rothe. Narelle Sissons’ abstract set design, Theresa Squire’s on-point costumes and Mary Louise Geiger’s lighting design all combined to create an environment and atmosphere that reflected a place, its inhabitants and a way of life, slowly going by the wayside that anyone brought up in these parts can identify with." - Tom Alvarez, On the Aisle

"Pulling everything together, director Lisa Rothe nudges the show away from sentimentality to an honest, and more complex place." - Ethel Winslow, Weekly View

"Directed by Lisa Rothe, the performances feel natural, like these actors truly are family, or that Hillhouse really stepped off a tractor before coming onstage. Bacon is outstanding as a mother finding the multiple roles of a farm wife almost overwhelming, but persevering through willpower and love. The simple wooden stage set and old latch-handle refrigerator at the back suggest a timeless, well-worn comfortable setting (kudos to scenic designer Narelle Sissons). Lighting designer Mary Louise Geiger makes clever use of glass-jar lighting. Grimm grounds this production with his music, singing and connection to the original production; Eddy provides a perfect compliment, an Appalachian virtuoso of various string instruments, and a beautiful voice." - John Lyle Belden, Plays with John and Wendy


WILD ABANDON, written and performed by Leenya Rideout 

@ Irish Repertory Theatre

The New Yorker 




DETROIT '67 by  Dominique Morrisseau 

@ Playmakers Repertory Company

The News & Observer


Talkin' Broadway

"Director Lisa Rothe gets vivid characterizations from the actors playing the close-knit friends. The play’s subject matter serves as sobering commentary on the causes of current racial tensions. The production’s value lies in its poignant depiction of the devastating effect of such tensions on individual lives." - Roy C Dicks, The News & Observer

"You can't see the footage of burned and bombed-out buildings onstage in PlayMakers Rep's production of Detroit '67. But you know director Lisa Rothe and set designer Lee Savage clearly have…Morisseau reminds us that explosions provide propulsion, among other things—including, occasionally, an exit that was not there before. Well worth seeing." - Byron Woods, INDYweek

"All five actors give stellar performances filled with conviction and purpose...Lee Savage has created a beautiful and believable basement of a home in 1967, replete with children's paintings and historic posters of African-American figures. When the riot erupts outside the home, pieces of rubble descend from the rafters into the basement, a powerful metaphor for the destruction outside literally invading this space. Xavier Pierce's lighting design creates poignant moods as the scenes change from day to night and safe to dangerous. McKay Coble's costumes add to the verisimilitude." - Garrett Southerland, Talkin' Broadway

CONFEDERATES by Suzanne Bradbeer


Talkin' Broadway

San Francisco Chronicle (SF Gate)

Mountain View Voice

The Mercury News

Theater Dogs

For All Events

"A huge hit...Stellar direction, eye-popping creative elements, and a cast of three who all knock their performances right out of the park...This is a don't miss, 5-star production!" - Eddie Reynolds, Talkin' Broadway

"Under the direction of Lisa Rothe, Bradbeer’s script has not an ounce of fat; even the show’s set changes communicate the flurry of activity, the whirl of interruptions and chance encounters of the campaign trail." - Lily Janiak, San Francisco Chronicle (SF Gate)

"Directed by Lisa Rothe, TheatreWorks' production has all the qualities of a viable political aspirant: It is clean, handsome, and articulate." - Kevin Kirby, Mountain View Voice

"Director Lisa Rothe keeps the pace brisk" - Sam Hurwitt, The Mercury News


"The buses and generic hotels of the campaign trail are folded neatly into Andrew Boyce’s revolving set, which helps director Lisa Rothe maintain a steady rhythm as she builds momentum in a plot that begins to resemble a high-stakes thriller with very human stakes…The tension mounts beautifully, and the weight of American politics, the ethics (and importance) of responsible journalism and the ever-complicated issue of race in this country all come into play." 

– Chad Jones, TheaterDogs.net

"This world premiere couldn’t be more timely, given that this is an especially contentious election year...playwright Bradbeer manages it, thanks in large part to director Lisa Rothe and the cast." - Judy Richter, For All Events



@ People's Light

The Philadelphia Enquirer

Broad Street Review


Newsworks: Shapiro on Theater

Delco Culture Vultures

“Directed with a palpable empathy by Lisa Rothe” – Wendy Rosenfield, Philadelphia Inquirer

“The production, directed by Lisa Rothe, is seamless” – Howard Shapiro, NewsWorks

“Berkman and director Lisa Rothe build the story expertly” – Mark Copta, BroadStreet Review

“Lisa Rothe’s well-timed direction builds the suspense” - Debra Miller, Phindie

“The Harassment of Iris Malloy, under the direction of Lisa Rothe, is thought provoking, emotionally driven and has an incredible cast who portray an intriguing group of complicated characters.” - Kelli Curtin, Theatre Sensation

“Berkman is blessed with a talented director in Lisa Rothe and a stellar cast to tell his story.”  - Edna Snidebottom, Delco Culture Vultures

“The staging is quite masterful” and “The four member ensemble cast is outstanding.” - by Judy Cohen, Beyond My Backyard

“There is so to much absorb in this 90-minute play, which Lisa Rothe has directed with skillful understatement.” - Frank Burd

ROPES by Barbara Colio (English translation by Maria Alexandria Beech)

@ Two River Theater 

NY Times

Broadway World

The Two River Times


“Skillfully directed by Lisa Rothe” - Michael Sommers, NY Times                           

"This must-see play features superb direction by Lisa Rothe” – Marina Kennedy, Broadway World

"Three sterling performances and Lisa Rothe's deft managemnt of those artists" - Philip Dorian, The Two River Times

“The actors and director Lisa Rothe impressively transform that space into a wide variety of locations” – Patrick Maley, NJ.com

SCIENCE FAIR, conceived and performed by Hai-Ting Chinn

@ HERE Arts Center

TimeOut (Critics Pick)

NY Times

Theater Pizzazz

Theater is Easy

“Chinn and director Lisa Rothe take extraordinary care with every facet of the production: Science Fair gleams with polish...ucked into a tiny space, Caite Hevner Kemp's library-cum-lab set glows like a  jewel (Lucrecia Briceno did the lighting design); every interaction between Chinn and her pianist Erika Switzer has been choreographed precisely" - Helen Shaw, Time Out (Critics Pick)

"A handsome production directed by Lisa Rothe" - Corinna Da Fonseca-Wollheim, NY Times

“Director Lisa Rothe has smartly incorporated movement. Rotation of the planets presents like a balletic fantasy. Moments succeed with a light, clever spin. Science Fair takes the lessons many of us have heard and puts them in a presentational format. Hai-Ting Chinn shares a careful exuberance in this through-sung work.” - Marcina Zaccarina, Theatre Pizzazz

"What stood out to me was the integration of each component of Science Fair. Even with this production being prop heavy, the transitions are well planned and she is able to bring a science class into the 21st century, including with technology involved." - Shoshana Roberts, Theatre is Easy

THE PECULIAR PATRIOT by Liza Jessie Peterson

@ Penumbra Theater 

The Star Tribune

Talkin' Broadway

“The production is staged simply and evocatively by Lisa Rothe” – Rohan Preston, Star Tribune

“Penumbra Theater has brought a galvanizing new voice to the Twin Cities with its presentation of Liza Jessie Peterson's one-actor play The Peculiar Patriot. This work deserves to be seen widely. It offers a vital perspective on some of society's most ingrained challenges even as it entertains with great heart and humor.” - Arthur Dorman, Talkin’ Broadway


People's Light

Delaware County News Network

Neal's Paper

Daily Local News

"Director and performers seem to have a deep connection to the piece, and the people who inspired it. Rothe has brought some lovely nuanced touches to the play and McLaughlin and Eckert both wonderfully display the intelligence and wit of their characters. They keep the viewer engaged throughout the entire performance." - Ellen Wilson Dilks, Delaware County News Network

"Rothe has staged Dear Elizabeth with a tone that allows Bishop and Lowell to be smart while also being accessible. She doesn’t put the characters on a lofty plane or have them portrayed as snobs or artistes. She shows them at their most varied and real. "- Neal's Paper

"Lisa Rothe’s direction gently allows the actors to show their enthusiasms, preoccupations and fears in a natural way, focusing on the language and using the minimal set to emphasize those words."- Anders Back, Daily Local News


@ Chautauqua Theater Company

The Chautauquan Daily 

"Director Lisa Rothe and designer Lee Savage have staged a beautifully executed and perfectly evocative coup de théâtre....tastefully and meticulously directed and beautifully designed, and performed by a skillful cast that shines from top to bottom." - Jack Kirchoff, The Chautauquan Daily

PENELOPE by Ellen McLaughlin

@ Playmakers Repertory Theater

Triangle Arts & Entertainment

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