Suzanne Bachner’s THE GOOD ADOPTEE to Make Connecticut Premiere

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Calo Programs to Bring Award-Winning Show for Extensive Tour Coinciding with Adoption Awareness Month

The Good Adoptee

Brava! Incredible writing and performance! A powerful show that the entire world needs to see!” – Suz Bednarz,

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, which will tour Connecticut this fall to help garner support for restoring Connecticut adoptees’ access to their original birth certificates.

The tour will run Oct. 22 to Dec. 9, coinciding with National Adoption Awareness Month and will benefit Access Connecticut’s adoptee rights efforts. Each performance will include a post-show Talk Back with Suzanne Bachner and Anna Bridgforth who stars in the production.

Saturday, Oct. 22, 8 pm, United Methodist Church, 15 Church St., Hamden
Friday, Nov. 4, United Methodist Church, 305 Main St., Watertown
Friday, Nov. 11, 8 pm, First Congregational Church, 103 Main St., Ridgefield
Saturday, Nov. 12, 2 pm, Charter Oak Cultural Center, 21 Charter Oak Ave., Hartford
Friday, Nov. 18, 8 pm, First Church of Christ, 250 Temple St., New Haven
Saturday, Nov. 19, 2 pm, UConn Stamford, 1 University Place, Stamford
Friday, Dec. 2, 8 pm, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 383 Hazard Ave., Enfield
Saturday, Dec. 3, 8 pm, Questers Way, 95 Storrs Road, Mansfield
Friday, Dec. 9, King Street United Church of Christ, 201 S. King St., Danbury

Tickets cost $25, $20 for seniors, students and military veterans, and can be purchased at

The Connecticut tour of The Good Adoptee is sponsored by Access Connecticut Now – the grassroots organization committed to restoring adult adoptee's right to know their original identity; and Calo Programs, an extraordinary family of programs, all dedicated to healing the effects of early trauma complicated by adoption. All proceeds from the tour go to Access Connecticut.

“We are thrilled to be collaborating with Suzanne Bachner and Calo Programs to bring this extraordinary play to audiences in Connecticut. Adoptee voices are speaking out in the arts, the Internet and politics to let people know we will no longer be discriminated against. The era of shame and secrecy in adoption is ending for adoptees as well as their biological and adoptive families,” Karen Caffrey, president of Access Connecticut Now, said.

Caffrey explains that the group is dedicated to ensuring that all Connecticut-born adoptees have the right to obtain their true, original birth certificates upon reaching the age of majority. In 2014, Access Connecticut Now led lobbying efforts that resulted in legislation allowing access for adoptees whose adoptions were finalized after Oct. 1, 1983. Prior to 1975, all Connecticut-born adoptees had that right. Today, however, that is not the case. Connecticut-born adoptees whose adoptions were finalized before Oct. 1, 1983 are denied access to their biological heritage and medical information -- discriminated against simply because they are adopted.

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 theater festival, where it won the Awards for Best Autobiographical Script, Suzanne Bachner and Best Actress, Anna Bridgforth.

About Access Connecticut
Access Connecticut is a grassroots organization dedicated to restoring the right of every adult adoptee born in Connecticut to access their true, original birth certificate. In 2014, Access Connecticut led lobbying efforts that resulted in legislation allowing access for adoptees whose adoptions were finalized after Oct. 1, 1983. Now the group is working to join the ever-increasing number of states (including Connecticut’s New England neighbors of Maine, New Hampshire and Rhode Island) that allow unrestricted access to adult adoptees. To learn more go to

About Calo Programs
Calo Programs ( is a family of programs specialized in addressing the dysfunctional patterns that arise due to early trauma, particularly families with adopted children. Calo Programs is comprised of Calo Teens, Calo Preteens, Calo Young Adults, Embark Workshops and Intensives and New Vision Wilderness. To learn more go to

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