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WHY I’M ASKING FOR YOUR HELP: I’m so excited to have been accepted to the 2012 New York International Fringe Theater Festival and to be preparing for the NYC Premiere of “Ungrateful Daughter: One Black Girl’s Story of Being Adopted into a White Family. . . that aren’t Celebrities.” Yeee! There is an entire team of people who have made this happen, and in order to make a successful run in our first New York appearance our entire team and I are asking for your help! This show continues to be an independent theater production, with no large financial backing. Your individual support ensures our run will be a success!
WHY THIS MATTERS: This play is partially about my life as a transracial adoptee, partially about the complicated dynamics of international adoption and race and partially about what it means to be a multiracial black woman in the United States. We hear and read stories about the journeys of adoptive parents who cross the world to find their children, but outside of adoption communities - rarely do we get to hear the stories of adoptees themselves. What’s it like to be black in a white house? Should you adopt a black, African or Asian kid? Come to the show and find out! For a full description of the show GO TO MY WEBSITE.
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WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO? Your contribution assists with the essential components of our New York production including: Festival and Production Fees: Theater rental, Festival registration fees, Theater Insurance, paying the Technical (Light and Sound Design) Crew, House Manager, Company Representative, the graphic designer, the photographer, videographer, publicist, printing the postcards and flyers, ads, programs, signs… oh man… Artistic Fees: Rehearsal Space Rental Fees. Director, Choreographer, Visual Artist consulting fees. Equipment rental: Ungrateful Daughter is a multidisciplinary, multimedia show that requires a screen and LCD projector. Airfare, Room and Food expenses: I have to pay for Airfare, Room and Food for me and my production team to get to and while in New York City. Our goal is to find as low cost housing as possible by utilizing sites like airb&b or finding other low cost living options for the month of August.
LETS DO THIS! We have 22 days to raise $6000.00. Please donate ALL you can from $5 to $6000.00! Please share with your communities far and wide. I have some amazing gifts to give you once you donate to this production. Please give all you can!
Lead Artist: LISA MARIE ROLLINS is an Oakland, CA based, Black/Filipina writer, performer, playwright and director. She is currently performing her acclaimed, solo show, “Ungrateful Daughter: One Black Girls Story of being adopted by a White Family… that aren’t Celebrities”, a comedic, but intense look her experience of being adopted by a white family in the 1970′s. She has performed Ungrateful Daughter in the San Francisco Solo Festival, San Francisco Theater Festival, at StageWerx Theater, Off-Market Theatre, The Marsh Theater at Berkeley, The Marsh Theater in SF, The Shelton Theatre, universities and academic conferences across the United States. Ungrateful Daughter has been awarded a 2010-2011 James Irvine New Works development grant, a Zellerbach Family Foundation and a City of Oakland Cultural Arts Grant. Lisa Marie has been featured as a commentator on CNN, NPR, KPFA Berkeley, KPFK Los Angeles and was given the honor of one of Colorlines Magazine’s “Innovators to Watch” for her social justice work around black adoptees. She is the founder of AFAAD, Adopted and Fostered Adults of the African Diaspora.
She is the original co-producer of the acclaimed "W. Kamau Bell Curve"and is currently Director for the critically acclaimed, “All Atheists are Muslim” written and performed by Zahra Noorbakash.
She was the 2010-2011 Poet in Residence at June Jordan’s Poetry for the People at U.C. Berkeley and is an alumni in Poetry of the nationally known VONA Writing Workshop. She was most recently published in the anthology, “Other Tongues: Mixed-Race Women Speak Out” and River, Blood, Corn – A Literary Journal and her short chapbook of poems, “Splice”.
Originally Directed by W. KAMAU BELL and developed partially with the Solo Performance Workshop in San Francisco. BELL will star in his own late night comedy series, Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, coming to the FX Network August 2012, executive produced by Chris Rock. He is one of the fastest rising socio-political comics in the United States. Kamau is best known for his critically acclaimed solo show The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About an Hour, which was a Time Out NY critic’s pick in the 2010 NY Comedy Festival and a comedy pick in The Guardian during his 2011 run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Associate Producer: RASHEEDAH “LAYDEI” WOODARD
Laydei is a graduate of UC Berkeley and has been a part of the Third Root production team since 2007. She is currently a student in the pre-health post baccalaureate program at SFSU in preparation for medical school. As a Black feminist healer, activist, and educator, her social science and physical science backgrounds converge to inform her radical activism around the ways the intersectionality of race, class, gender, and sexuality oppressions impact the health of Black and Brown women. She firmly believes that we cannot improve the health of Black and Brown communities without collectively fighting for their liberation and decolonization.
Light Design / Photo and Video : ISAAC ONTIVEROS
Isaac Ontiveros has lived and worked in the Bay Area for the past ten years. A life-long multimedia artist, he hosted his first installation “Portrait and Landscape” in April 2010. He has worked on many different media and documentary projects as an archivist, sound editor, videographer and video editor, supporting various organizations working for social change. Isaac currently spends most of his time as communications director for the prison industrial complex abolitionist organization, Critical Resistance.
Choreographer: COKE NAKAMOTO
Coke Nakamoto is a Movement artist, teacher and director, and solo theater performer. She provided choreographic direction to the nationally toured and highly acclaimed "All Atheists are Muslim," written and performed by Zahra Noorbakhsh, and she teaches "Performance as a Spiritual Practice" in Oakland. Coke's own solo work, "Soft Tissue," directed by Martha Rynberg and W. Kamau Bell has been performed throughout the Bay Area. She is also a proud member of Wing It! performance ensemble and DIS-Oriented: A Trio of Asian American Solo Performers.
ABOUT THE PLAY
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, comedic solo show, examines being a black girl adopted into a white family and how all that relates to celebrity crazes, the Haitian and Ethiopian ‘orphans’ and the myth of colorblind love.
In the early 1970’s Lisa Marie is adopted by a couple seeking an “Asian-mix” baby and end up with a little multiracial 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.
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.
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