Senior Scholar, In Memorium
Elizabeth Roden authored biographical plays that center on the experience of historical and contemporary women at critical periods in their lives. She explored issues of power and sexuality in the later life of Sarah Bernhardt in a play called Lovers and Tribes: Bernhardt on Belle Isle. Her research into the mores and the subculture of aging men and women had been of assistance in recrafting an earlier play which she called Slab City/ Sun City. Roden wrote three plays, including a screenplay about Dorothea Lange, the only woman photojournalist on the staff of the Farm Security Administration during the Great Depression.