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"It’s not what you think. I’m not tripping my balls off right now. Not speaking in tongues. I mean, this isn’t ecstasy, acid or coke or anything. It’s just…I mean, it’s an opiate, right. A pain reliever. It takes away the anxiety of living. But it’s more than that for me. It gives me breath. Imagine if you were lying in bed, late at night, freaking out in the wee hours of darkness and suddenly you lose your breath. There’s a pillow on your face. Smothering you. You try to fight it off, whoever it is, you’re trying to breathe, but you can’t…you just…but then you shoot up…and breath returns. You can breathe. Fresh air. I don’t ever want to take a sober breath. And I won’t ever again. Because once I’m through with this, I’m out. No more hustling, no more scrounging, no more fucking people over."
— Brian, HOW TO BE A RESPECTABLE JUNKIE
"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."
Description from the Dobama Theatre Company's World Premier Production of HOW TO BE A RESPECTABLE JUNKIE
Like many organizations in our community, for the month of September MEG is partnering with Washington Goes Purple to help raise substance abuse awareness. As many of us know, opioid addiction has taken a huge toll on our community and it is up to us as concerned citizens to do what we can to fight and prevent this terrible disease. Educating our citizens is the first step in the process.
MEG is pleased to bring the one man theatre production HOW TO BE A RESPECTABLE JUNKIE to our community and to do our part to raise awareness of this devastating epidemic. We know that art has the ability to change hearts, minds, and lives and we hope that we have a chance to do just that with our production.
Will you join us in going purple for the month of September?