Roy Loves America / Thomas Peterson / Harvard Dance Center / Spring 2018

In March of 2017, Donald Trump asked his advisors "where's my Roy Cohn?" The answer? He's been dead for thirty-two years. Trump's former lawyer and political mentor died of AIDS in 1986, but his image lingers powerfully in American memory and performance. We live in Roy Cohn’s America, an America of political ruthlessness, of fabricated media spectacle, of power without meaning. This devised performance interrogates Cohn and the world he has left us, reckoning with Cohn's historical legacy and his artistic representations as a means of exploring the origins of the contemporary American zeitgeist.


“Roy Loves America” was a TDM senior thesis production directed by Thomas Peterson and created collaboratively with an ensemble of seven performers who tell the story through found and invented text, dance, music, media, and the joy of playing on stage.

Ensemble...Ali Astin, Damian Liu, Molly Peterson, Abraham Rebollo, Eliya Smith, Ben Ubiñas, Sabrina Wu

Light Design...Kat Zhou

Sound Design...Damian Liu

Production Design...Thomas Peterson

Stage Management...Hannah Printz

Produced by Sam Hagen and Julia Riew 

 © 2018 by Thomas Peterson.

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Theater Director

Roy Loves America (2018)

© Branson Laszlo Roy Loves America, conceived and directed by Thomas Peterson (2018).