Day 263: Roots

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September 19, 2012 by Alex Hoekstra

For the most part, I don’t believe in luck.  I tend to think that luck finds people who don’t wait around or depend upon luck at all, but of the very few instances in which luck is in the driver’s seat, the fate of family is high on a short list.  Frankly, I count myself lucky to have been born into a family (and a time and a place) that was able and willing to provide me with food, water, education, entertainment, guidance, support, attention and love.  I count myself lucky to have a great family.  It’s a stroke of luck I’ve taken for granted; one which results in different outcomes at every birth.  There are those who I’d consider unlucky not to have families.  But the only reason I consider that at all unlucky is because I appreciate my family; those who don’t appreciate theirs might actually consider a lack of family to be positive.  The point is this: no two families are alike.  Some are similar, but not equal; others are vastly different.  Today’s project is about finding family and finding self through the eyes of those with extraordinary histories.

The Origin(s) Project embodies the experience of people going through life as members of non-biological families.  Adoptees.  Hearing their perspective is enlightening and provocative, and might make you want to call your parents more often.  Back it in the next 13 hours to be part of an evolving definition of family.

In June 2012, Korean adoptee artists Sun Mee Chomet and Katie Hae Leo collaborated on The Origin(s) Project: Memoirs in Motion, an evening-length pairing of two one-woman shows about the adopted Korean experience.  As experienced performers and writers, we had never before attempted to tackle such deeply personal subject matter on stage.  We had no idea how it would be received.  Lucky for us, the response was overwhelmingly positive.  The entire run sold out, we added an additional show that also sold out, the critics loved it, and best of all our audience did, too.  So, here we are, ready to remount it, with your help!


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