Written & Performed by Lisa Rothman
Directed by  David Ford
Photos by David Allen

MUST END February 23

January 19 – February 23 | Berkeley
Saturdays at 5pm


“Writer-performer Rothman bursts with animated comedic energy that’s tremendously entertaining.” –Sam Hurwitt, Marin Independent Journal

“Worth getting a sitter for!” –Michele Fagerroos, mother of triplets

“A natural-born storyteller” –The Bay Area Reporter

“Heartfelt, hilarious and brimming with ‘teachable moments’” –Nugget Fringe Festival

Show Description

After her kids dodge bullets at the local park, Lisa brings them to a Winter Solstice Carnival in Marin where she grew up.  But now she’s dodging a gang of PTA moms in Lululemon, a fire-breathing dragon, and — worst of all — her father.  Of course, no fairytale would be complete without a fairy godmother to help Lisa sort through her parenting choices.  See Lisa’s unmatched storytelling skills in action in this heartfelt farce.

Special Events

Join us after the show for beverages and a discussion about how the fears we can’t stop talking about – and those we don’t want to admit – shape the way we live, the judgments we make about each other, and the choices we make for our kids.

Saturday, February 23:
Discussion Moderator – Judy Campbell, a producer for Forum on KQED and co-host and co-producer of the KQED podcast The Leap will be hosting the post show discussion on February 23rd.

Audience testimonials:

“That was amazing!” — Clark, Oakland Unified School District 7th Grader

“Dragon in the Drop-Off Lane was thought provoking. The ideas it brought up got into my head and wriggled around for days. It impacted me and my thoughts on parenting choices in significant ways.” — Cindy Dickeson, Executive Director of the Center for Early Intervention on Deafness, mother of Alejandro, age 15 and stepmother of Rafael, age 24

“I was expecting something about PTA and the school drop-off lane. The explorations of Marin vs. Oakland and contrasting parenting styles were much more interesting.” — Bruce Stoffmacher, East Bay PTA Dad

“We loved it. As parents – particularly Oakland parents – we grapple with these themes. We’ve talk about the play since we saw it.” — Gretchen Grathwohl and Geeta Makhija, mothers of Naveen, age 4 and Leela, age 2

“I can’t stop thinking about the play. While the questions it raises are profound, it is very entertaining with lots of laughs.” — Rona Weintraub, longtime Marin County resident

Artist Biography

Lisa’s show “Date Night at Pet Emergency” was extended three times at the Marsh in Berkeley and San Francisco.  In addition to raising children, Lisa’s other adventures have included producing KPFA’s Morning Show when Andrea Lewis and Philip Maldari were the co-hosts, hosting a nationally distributed radio show at a food truck park, and ballroom dancing in China.  She currently helps everyone from construction workers to scientists make better presentations and figure out how to take the next steps with important projects and their careers. You can learn more at lisarothman.com

Show Info

Tickets: $20 – $35 sliding scale | $55 and $100 Reserved Seating
January 19 – February 23 | Berkeley TheaterStage
Saturdays at 5pm
75 minutes | No Intermission | Ages 10+ | Please do not bring infants to the show