“Drunk With Hope in Chicago”

April 13, 2013 @ 11:00 PM – April 14, 2013 @ 2:00 AM
St. John's Episcopal Church - Blake Hall
3240 O Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20007

The Westside Club of Georgetown and Caron Treatment Centers present “Drunk with Hope in Chicago. Tara Handron’s poignant and humorous one-woman play portrays a woman named Hope and many other female alcoholics (some sober, some not so sober) of various ages, ethnicities, and socio-economic backgrounds.

 Tara Handron, the playwright and sole actor of this 60-minute play, discards clichéd depictions of recovery and relies on stories with depth, poignancy and humor to expose the raw emotions and experiences so many alcoholic women face.

“I wrote Drunk with Hope in Chicago to bring awareness to the reality that women face as recovering alcoholics” said Handron.  “The stories from the play are relatable to so many women and can help those in recovery feel less alone and feel that there is hope and joy to be found.”

The play evolved out of her master’s thesis research of female recovering alcoholics and the comparison of their experiences in traditional face-to-face 12 Step recovery meetings to online meetings.  The play is a fictional compilation of many women’s stories along with Handron’s observations, experiences, and imagination.

After premiering at Georgetown University in April 2008, Handron later produced her play at H St Playhouse in Washington, DC.  Since then, the play has been featured in recovery-related events, conferences, and at treatment centers. Drunk with Hope in Chicago has also been performed by Handron in the Capital Fringe Theater Festival (DC), Chicago Fringe Theater Festival, the United Solo Festival in NYC, and the Hollywood Fringe Festival



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