Mixed Blood Theatre

Guest Productions

Wonderlust Productions presents


In My Heart: The Adoption Play Project
December 9-18, 2016
At Mixed Blood Theatre, Minneapolis, MN


Alice and Lewis are engaged!

Join the celebration as their parents meet for the first time, Alice’s sister Jen returns from Korea for the occasion, and a bundle of buried secrets from throughout the adoption community climb up the rabbit hole and demand to be revealed. You don’t have to come in costume but don’t be surprised by the anxious waitress White Rabbit, a cryptic chef Caterpillar, and a wedding band fronted by the imperious Queen of Hearts.

Wonderlust has been developing IN MY HEART: THE ADOPTION PLAY PROJECT with input from more than 200 people in the adoption community since 2014 through story circles, workshops, and public staged readings.

The show reflects a full spectrum of community perspectives ranging from adoptees to social workers, adoptive parents to birth parents, foster families and beyond. Contributors span the ages of 14 to 80, and include voices from the African American, Native American, and Korean American communities.

As guests at this unique engagement party, audiences will be immersed in an epic journey told through story, song, dance and a chorus of adoption community members, sharing their life stories, in their own words.


Cast and Crew for In My Heart: The Adoption Play Project

Written and Directed by Leah Cooper and Alan Berks
Music by Aaron Gabriel
Movement Direction by Tamara Ober

Stage Management: Deb Ervin
Assistant Stage Management: Tracy Swenson
Musical Direction: Mindy Eschedor
Band Direction: Adam Whisner

Performed by
Aimee Aase Carolyn Levy
Nikki Abramson Kimberly Michaels
Kimberly Adelsman Leah Prause
Megan Kim Anderson Susan Prause
Jen Ankeny Oogie Pushetonequa
Bill Bednarczyk Megan Quiggle
Leslie Brown Stephen Rueff
Matthew Delaney Tyler Skone
Nicole Duxbury Eric Solberg
Erica Fields Kirsten Sorensen
Patience Fields Josiah Thompson
Sheree Froelich Rande Tomas
Elizabeth Grambsch Dawn Tomlinson
Steve Grisdale Leif Wallin
Ashley Holmes Adam Whisner
Brad Kruse Nicole Wilder
Ariel Leaf  


Costume Design: Andrea Gross
Scenic Design: Zeb Hults
Sound Design and Engineering: C. Andrew Mayer
Lighting Design: Mike Grogan
Lighting Assistance: Ariel Leaf
Properties Design: Sarah Salisbury

ASL Interpreting: Krista Anderson and Katie Johnson
Audio Description: Laurie Pape Hadley
Videography: Ben McGinley

Community Engagement Team: Leah Cooper, Ellen Fenster, and Meghan Gunderson


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