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Grafting Rooting Growing 

By Leah Woehr
April 19-20 2023 at 7:00pm

Swain Hall Black Box Theater



For the final performance in the Voices | Visions and Revisions Season, UNC Department of Communication Ph.D. student Leah Woehr brings us a story about stories. Woehr’s research in Chinese transnational adoption and performance informed the creation of the performance and it began, Woehr says, with “a story that my father always told me about my adoption. He says that the best winemakers make the best wine by taking the roots from one vine and grafting them onto another. And from there, something new can grow. As a Chinese adoptee, I have been grafted onto my family line.”


Artistic Director Joseph Megel is thrilled to bring this moving new work to the Process Series. “It has been a joy to watch Leah’s progress over the past year and a half and how she has allowed her personal story to engage with ideas about the nature of narrative and how our sense of ourselves might evolve through stories—those we are told and the ones that emerge.”


Please note that the previously scheduled Process Series Event April 12th and 13th has been canceled. 


About the Artist:

Leah Woehr (she/her) is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Communication at UNC Chapel Hill. She is a scholar-artist interested in Chinese transnational adoption and performance studies. When not in school, Leah is a singer-songwriter and performs in the Triangle area. You can find her music on all streaming platforms and on social media @leahwoehrmusic.

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