Four famous actors from the stage and screen will perform in The Addiction Performance Project that begins with a dramatic reading of Act Three of Eugene O’Neill’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Long Day’s Journey into Night.
The staged reading is followed by a town hall discussion about the disease of addiction as it touches patients, families, and educators, health professionals and community members on a daily basis. The leading film, theater, and television actors who will be performing are:
- Kathryn Erbe (Law and Order: Criminal Intent, Oz, What About Bob?),
- David Strathairn (Good Night, and Good Luck., Lincoln,
- The Bourne Ultimatum),
- Alex Morf (The Good Wife, Of Mice and Men, War Horse), and
- Marjolaine Goldsmith (Compromise, AfterWords, Dress).
The Addiction Performance Project produced by Theatre of War Productions was developed as part of the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s (NIDA) outreach to practicing physicians, physicians in training, and other health professionals. This unique participatory event raises awareness of addiction as a chronic disease, as well as the importance of screening for and addressing substance abuse in advance of the emergence of addiction. The reading/ discussion format of the piece is intended to break down the stigma associated with addiction and promote healthy dialogue among diverse communities–public and professional–fostering compassion, cooperation, and understanding about patients who are living with the disease of addiction.
Each reading is followed by a panel discussion, led by a diverse panel of community experts, culminating in a facilitated town hall discussion about the complex ethical and professional challenges posed by screening for, and treating, patients who are abusing drugs and/or struggling with addiction.