Play About Cross-Cultural Adoption Sparks Community Conversation

May 1, 2017

Adoption is emotional process that's even more layered when parents adopt a child from another culture. The family's attention to race, privilege, language and cultural expectations will be forever changed. Those are some of the themes of a current production by Vermont Stage.

The play is The Call and it portrays an upper-middle-class white couple attempting to adopt a child from Ethiopia.  We dive into the questions that are raised about cross-cultural adoption with guests Cristina Alicea, artistic director of Vermont Stage, actor Tinotenda Charles Rutanhira and Wanda Audette, director of adoption at Lund.

The Vermont Adoption Consortium is holding a workshop on transracial and trancultural parenting on June 10 at Lund in Burlington. Details here.

Broadcast live on Monday, May 1, 2017 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.