Can you imagine not knowing your own identity? That’s the reality for millions of adoptees and the focus of Suzanne Bachner’s award-winning show, The Good Adoptee, starring Anna Bridgforth, which will tour Connecticut this fall to help garner support for restoring Connecticut adoptees’ access to their original birth certificates.
About The Show:
The Good Adoptee chronicles Suzanne Bachner’s true story of her intrepid and relentless search for her birth parents in the face of New York State’s sealed records. Once she opens Pandora’s Box, there’s no turning back. The show is a gripping mystery and often hilarious adventure as Suzanne’s search brings her up against legalized government information suppression and all the ensuing roadblocks and conflicts both external and internal – an officious social worker, her loyalty to her beloved Mom and Dad, the temptation to become her own Identity Thief and an outrageous reality show genealogist.
The play is written and directed by Suzanne Bachner and stars Anna Bridgforth. Bob Brader is the Dramaturg. Katie Chai is the sound designer.
The Good Adoptee had its world premiere last fall in the United Solo Theatre Festival, the world’s largest solo theatre festival, where it won the Awards for Best Autobiographical Script, Suzanne Bachner and Best Actress, Anna Bridgforth.
MORE INFO: www.TheGoodAdoptee.com and www.AccessConnecticut.org
About The Artists:
Suzanne Bachner is an award-winning playwright and director. The Good Adoptee, Suzanne’s new play starring Anna Bridgforth, premiered in the United Solo Theatre Festival and won awards for Best Autobiographical Script and Best Actress. Her play, CIRCLE, ran for five months Off Broadway, was performed nationally and called “ingenious” by The New York Times. Her new two-actor production of CIRCLE is currently optioned for production in Australia following a 4-month 7-City Sold-Out International Tour during which it was awarded “Most Daring Show” of the London Fringe. Playwriting and directing: a six month NYC run of her cult hit, Icons & Outcasts; a five month NYC run and international tour of BITE and her celebrated kaleidoscopic memoir play, We Call Her Benny, which Broadway World called “the future of theatre.” Her plays have been seen at PS NBC@HERE, the Duplex, the National Arts Club, the Michael Weller Theatre, the Samuel French Short Play Festival, Pulse Ensemble Theatre, Zeitgeist Stage Company, Mercury Players Theatre and 20th Century Fox at the Coronet Theater in LA, among others. A frequent solo show director, she is the proud director/developer of Bob Brader’s internationally acclaimed, multi-award-winning solo shows including Smoker and Spitting In The Face Of The Devil. Suzanne studied playwriting with Romulus Linney and Adrienne Kennedy and holds an MFA from the Actors Studio Drama School at the New School University. Her plays are published on Indie Theater Now. She is a four-time OOBR Award winner and a member of the United Solo Academy and the Dramatists Guild. www.JMTCTheatre.com
Anna Bridgforth is an award-winning actress and Virginia native who has lived in New York City for over 10 years, working her way across as many stages and screens and bar tops as would have her. She started her career working in independent film where she starred in several features (almost exclusively horror) including The Wickeds, Kamikazes: A Deathography, Holler Creek Canyon and The Screening among others. She shared her time with the New York stage, working on productions big and small all over the city. These include the JMTC production of BITE; which she has done twice! Both in it’s original incarnation at The Red Room Theater in the East Village and as a part of the Orlando International Fringe Festival in 2014. Also with JMTC, Anna originated the role of Young Anna in the critically acclaimed play, We Call Her Benny, as part of the FRIGID New York Festival, as well as in its own run at the Michael Weller Theatre. Other New York theater includes Measure for Measure and An Ideal Husband, both with Big Rodent Theater Company, as well as Hope with trip NYC. Anna recently starred in her first solo show, Suzanne Bachner’s The Good Adoptee, which premiered as one of 150 shows in the United Solo Theatre Festival on Theatre Row and for which she won the coveted Best Actress Award. www.AnnaBridgforth.com