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Are You My Mother?

The odyssey of one adoptee serves as a healing lesson for others


All her life, Jeanette Kopitowsky has been searching for a face in the crowd. She scans strangers' faces for someone, anyone who looks like herself. Her biological mother. Her father. A sibling. The playwright-actress, who was abandoned by her parents as a baby, grew up in foster homes until she was adopted by a Jewish family at the age of seven. She describes the painful experience in her powerful, one-woman show, "What's Your Name, Who's Your Daddy?" which asks the question, "Do I exist if I don't have anyone to claim me?"

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