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Ungrateful Daughter
Stage Werx Theater
San Francisco, CA
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Ungrateful Daughter

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"Ungrateful Daughter: One Black girl's experience being adopted into a white family. . . that aren't celebrities."

Written and Performed by
Lisa Marie Rollins

Directed by
W Kamau Bell

Video and Image Design:
Isaac Ontiveros
Artistic Advisor: Aya de Leon

Angelina Jolie, Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman and Madonna have adopted black children. How could it not be good? Should you go pick one up? Especially after you see their faces on TV looking so sad? "Ungrateful Daughter", Lisa Marie's riveting solo show, examines being a black girl adopted into a white family and how all that relates to these celebrity crazes, the Haitian and Ethiopian "orphans" and the myth of colorblind love.
In the early 1970s Lisa Marie is adopted by a couple seeking an 'Asian-mix' baby and end up with a little black girl whose racial identity is hidden by the adoption agency. Funny and sharp, it is a story that thrusts us into the complicated racial knots of being a transracial adoptee that are so hard to untangle. Especially when your family doesn't see you as black.

In a rush of electrifying story-telling, spoken word poetry and hilarious, unexpected characterizations, Lisa Marie reveals a sometimes disturbing story that makes clear what it's like to attend an almost exclusively white, private elementary school; expresses her fierce love for her conservative, Republican, Christian, organic farmer parents and her thoughts about the new group of liberal, well- meaning, white adoptive parents that strain her patience--over and over again. Infused with a gentle sense of humor as well as a seething rage, Lisa Marie wonders if she will ever heal from the secrets, stolen histories and unknowns she and so many other adoptees share.

This event is appropriate for youth. Especially your black adopted child. Some curse words, drug references and sexuality, but it ain't nothing they haven't heard.



Stage Werx Theater
533 Sutter St (at Powell)
San Francisco, CA
United States


Arts > Theatre

Minimum Age: 14
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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