From the Artistic Director: HOW TO BE A RESPECTABLE JUNKIE

Sometimes it sucks to be right.

Greg Vovos had been writing about heroin addiction for a number of years. In that time, he had made many contacts, heard many stories, and made many friends whose lives had been impacted by addiction. But one person’s story stood out. So, in the summer of 2014 when I asked our Playwrights’ GYM members to write pieces based on the story of someone from an underserved community, this friend of Greg’s became the basis for what became HOW TO BE A RESPECTABLE JUNKIE.

As Greg shared early drafts of the play, I saw a strong piece of theatre emerging. Then, when Christopher Bohan lent his interpretation to Greg’s text, it was evident that we had the start of something special. After one performance, I spoke with Greg and Chris about my interest in mounting a full production of the play. One of the last things said in that initial conversation was, “The way things are going, this story will be even more important to tell in the years to come.” Boy, were we right.

And sometimes it sucks to be right.

Over the following year, as Greg was doing rewrites, article after article and statistic after statistic kept popping up about the rapid growth of the opioid epidemic in the United States – and Ohio was the epicenter. This crisis was touching everyone. With every passing day we became more convinced that our work on this production was becoming more vital. HOW TO BE A RESPECTABLE JUNKIE gives a brief look into living with this disease, puts a face on heroin addiction, and shows the heroism, heartbreak, and hope that comes with fighting opioid dependency.

Heartfelt thanks to all our community sponsors, individual donors, artists, staff, and others who supported this World Premiere production. Our aim is that the play will help create awareness, understanding, empathy, and hopefulness in meeting this great challenge facing our society.

With Love and Respect,