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Ungrateful Daughter: One Girl's Story of Being Adopted into a White Family …That Aren't Celebrities 

When: Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through June 12 2010
Price: $15-$25

With Haitian adoption -- and Sandra Bullock's new baby Luis -- both hot in the news right now, it seems fitting that we get at least one cogent critique of the system from someone who experienced it first-hand. Enter Lisa Marie Rollins, an Oakland writer who grew up in rural Tacoma, Washington, with two white parents who dubbed her an "Asian mix" (part Irish, part Latina, part Filipina). In a powerful solo performance called Ungrateful Daughter: One Girl's Story of Being Adopted into a White Family ...That Aren't Celebrities, Rollins relates tales of being the only black girl in a white world -- and not knowing she was black. The show mixes political humor with emotionally resonant tales of childhood, a few glancing pop-culture references, and a couple scenes from Rollins' adult life. The title is a play on adoptees' supposed resentment toward their adoptive parents. Written by Rollins and directed by W. Kamau Bell, Ungrateful Daughter runs Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m., through June 12 at StageWerx Theatre (533 Sutter St., San Francisco). $15-$25. BirthProject.wordpress.com

— Rachel Swan

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