Dori Appel Playwright and Poet 


I'd Know You Anywhere

I'd Know You Anywhere is a fast-paced, irreverent, but ultimately tender-hearted comedy in which a happily single woman is reluctantly reunited with the daughter she gave up for adoption twenty-six years before. As the daughter's own unplanned pregnancy is revealed, both women are thrown into an urgent and often hilarious collision with questions of heredity vs. environment. Surprises multiply as a cast of well-intentioned blunderers confronts the roles of choice, fate and the unpredictable in determining life's most important decisions.

Three women, one man (three actors are double-cast). Simple set.

Awards and History.

Produced by Actors' Theatre, Talent, OR, 1999; 
Winner of the New American Comedy contest, Ukiah Players Theatre, 1994; 
Selected for the Northwest Playwrights Series, Lord Leebrick Theatre, Eugene, OR, 1995. 
Workshop production, Ukiah Players Theatre, Ukiah, CA, 1994; 
Staged readings, Actors Theatre, Talent, OR, 1995; 
Lord Leebrick Theatre, Eugene, OR, 1995.


"New work by Dori Appel shines... An intriguing comedy that covers a lot of ground . . . Don't miss it", Medford Mail Tribune, Medford, Oregon

"Appel manages with deft skill to explore the emotionally charged issue of adoption rights from the perspectives of the natural mother, the adoptive mother, and the child who binds them together." Grants Pass Daily Courier, Grants Pass Oregon

"With this production, Actors' Thatre goes from community theater to innovative theater . . . Kudos to artistic drector Peter Alzado for producing something new." Ashland Daily Tidings, Ashland, Oregon