Harriet's House by Tara Goldstein
In this contemporary drama a mother and her three daughters negotiate the challenges and politics of transnational adoption in a same-sex family. The play begins when Harriet reluctantly gives her 17-year old adopted daughter Luisa permission to return to the Catholic orphanage in Bogota where she spent three years of her childhood. While Luisa tries to find out what happened to her birth mother in Bogota, back in Toronto Harriet comes out as a lesbian and introduces her new partner Marty to her two other daughters: 14-year old Ana, also adopted from Colombia, and 11-year old Clare, Harriet's birth daughter. Afraid of Luisa's reaction to her new relationship, Harriet doesn't tell Luisa about Marty until Luisa returns home from Colombia. Heartbroken that she still hasn't found out what happened to her birth mother, and angry that Harriet didn't tell her about Marty sooner, Luisa returns to Bogota to continue her search. When Harriet falls seriously ill, however, she travels to Bogota with Marty and her daughters to bring Luisa home.
Keywords: transnational adoption, queer family, cancerYear Printed: 2012
First Produced: 2010 by Gailey Roads Production at Hart House Theatre, Toronto, ON.
Running TIme: 60 minutes
Female Cast: 6