Theatre Meets Activism

On the Road:
      A One Helluva Woman Show

80 year-old activist drives her Prius across the Country
to Change the World

The exploits, obstacles and joys of a road trip to video interview powerhouses creating deep seated change in the arts, education, economy, and communities. Uplifting, humorous, moving and persuasively optimistic for our collective future.

Five Minute Intro To Jan’s Activism Meets Theatre Show

The show was produced by Stageworks Theatre in Tampa and directed by Karla Hartley, Producing Artistic Director. It premiered to sold out audiences and is now available for booking in other venues. To Book show:

The show is 1 1/2 hours and features Jan’s personal experiences on the road and video clips from 20 of the 51 change-makers’ interviews. Jan covered 13,026 miles in 67 days, shot 51 videos, had 6 car problems, nearly finished 1.75 liters of rum AND did finish countless glasses of red wine.

Jan’s book about her road trip exploits and interviews is available.

Jan recently received a Community Arts Impact Program Award from the Arts Council of Hillsborough County and Hillsborough Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners to present this show free to audiences at six venues in Hillsborough County. She is currently booked, at the historic Glover School in Bealsville, Carrollwood Cultural Center, Life Enrichment Center, Glazer Jewish Community Center, University Village and Hillsborough County Department of Aging Services Senior Center.

Book: Operation Road Trip: How a Video Camera, A Bottle of Rum & A Car Renewed My Faith in Our Future

On the Road was Sponsored by Premier Eye Care

Community Partners:

  • Athena Society
  • Tampa Bay Business for Culture & Arts
  • Equality Florida
  • The Bridge


Jan Roberts is a genius! Her one woman show is brilliant, heart-wrenching and funny! I had tears in my eyes and left enriched with hope and love. Bonnie Saks, MD

As Jan introduces the audience to people who are impacting their communities and changing lives, she has an incredible talent for making us laugh while she inspires us to do more to contribute.  Kathleen M. Heide Professor University of South Florida

 Jan is so talented at storytelling – meaningful storytelling.  That’s such an effective way to pass on truths. Patti Breckenridge Career Consultant Lee Hecht Harrison.

This show is not “Get Your Kicks on Route 66”. It is brilliant, important, humorous and meaningful! A gem! Mark Klisch Ph.D.

 This incredibly uplifting, one-woman show is a must see journey of empowerment and the best of humanity. Tracy Copes Daft Generation Managing Partner/Creative Director

Jan shares a spectrum of emotions and introduces innovative community thinkers across the country. A salve for your heart and soul and provides optimism for a positive future.  Moira Burke, MD