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Trina Kakacek is a Senior Network Playwright at Chicago Dramatists. Her plays have been have been showcased and workshopped in New York, at Chicago Dramatists, Stage Left Theatre, Lincoln Square Theatre, Victory Gardens Theater and at The Theatre Building, in Chicago. She is a two-time PlayLabs semi-finalist (Minneapolis) two-time semi-finalist for the Heidemann Award (Louisville), Winner of the Stimpert Award for Playwriting Excellence and The National One-Page Play Competition at Lamia Ink. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild, The Playwright’s Center, Victory Gardens Artists Development Workshop, Co-facilitator of New Plays Coop and is the Founder of Courier 12 Collective, a group of theatre artists committed to developing new work.

Attachment Disorder

On his eighteenth birthday, video camera in hand, Cooper Fox arrives at the door of a former parent to get information about the day he was born. He hopes to put his life in order in time to complete his autobiographical documentary, apply for a filmmaking scholarship and escape the trailer park he lives in. For the average 18-year-old, this should be a simple process. But for Cooper, it is not. Questions about the day of his birth, the actions of his biological father, the absence of a mother, adoption law and more important, his lack of funds – prove to get in his way at every turn. When an unknown visitor from his past arrives with a handful of money, it only seems to make matters worse. ATTACHMENT DISORDER explores family, forgiveness, nature vs. nurture, and the value of a human life – in cash.