About this project
From the playwright, Greg Vovos:
HOW TO BE A RESPECTABLE JUNKIE is based on real events and the life of a recovered heroin addict from Northeast Ohio. In 2014 I was asked to write a one-person play about a person in the Cleveland community who had been marginalized. Immediately I thought of someone who was a great help to me when I was researching the heroin plays I’d written previously. I had met him at an opiate town hall meeting in Lake County. I had interviewed him several times and he was always available to meet and answer questions whenever I called. He wasn’t only a source to help my research, over the years he had become my friend. I couldn’t think of a person with a more important story to tell. At that point he was eight years clean. His story shows that while recovery is extremely daunting, there is hope. This play could put a real face on the issue. My friend agreed to meet several more times so I could interview him at a more in-depth level. As I wrote drafts of the play, I’d call upon him again and again for one “final” interview and he would generously answer any questions to help me better understand the truth of his story. While I had to adapt some of the events to make it function as a night of theatre (including the structure of the play, of a man making a video about how to be a respectable junkie) the idea of an addict’s plan to commit suicide is authentic. For me, as the playwright, writing this play was about theatre doing its ultimate job – serving the community.
A heroin addict in his thirties decides he’s going to take his life so he no longer has to destroy the lives of those around him. But before doing so, he decides to make a video for heroin users everywhere instructing them on how to be respectable junkies, because even he has grown weary of their behavior. HOW TO BE A RESPECTABLE JUNKIE takes an in-depth look into the troubled soul of a man caught in heroin’s deadly grip. Based on real-life events, JUNKIE is at once eye-opening, heartbreaking, full of humor, and ultimately hopeful.
Risks and challenges
Dobama Theatre is mounting this show as an additional summer show as part of the 16/17 Season. The challenges of undertaking a full production near the end of the season are real - both financially and in terms of the time and energy of staff. Support for this production will go towards production costs, programming around this important play, and to help assure that the production does not lose money for the theatre at the critical time of the end of the fiscal year.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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