Methtacular!, a One-Man Musical Journey Through Addiction, Gets NYC Readings Jan. 31

News   Methtacular!, a One-Man Musical Journey Through Addiction, Gets NYC Readings Jan. 31
 
Methtacular!, a new musical solo show by actor-writer Steven Strafford, charting his addiction to crystal methamphetamine, will be seen in two public presentations Jan. 31 in Manhattan.

Steven Strafford
Steven Strafford

Adam Fitzgerald (kef theatrical productions) directs with music direction by Michael Harren. Justin Brill is a participating producer.

According to the collaborators, "Steven brings you through his harrowing account of his life as an addict in Chicago from 2000-2003."

"Come for the sex-and-drugs talk and stay for the laughs," jokes Strafford. "If the stories about crystal meth addiction don't getcha, the songs sure will!" Expect "wildly outrageous anecdotes and hilarious song stylings."

The 3 PM and 7 PM readings at the Studio Theatre at Theatre Row are presented in association with Brill. The free presentations require a reservation made by email at methtacular@gmail.com. The Studio Theatre at Theatre Row is at 410 W. 42nd Street.

Methtacular! marks the second collaboration for Brill, Strafford and Fitzgerald, who previously produced the Las Vegas concert version of Infinite Joy, directed by Fitzgerald and featuring Brill and Strafford, as a benefit for the Rape Crisis Center. Strafford is a Brooklyn-born, Jersey-raised actor and writer. He has been seen in Spamalot (original Vegas cast) as Prince Herbert and four other characters, including the "not-dead-yet" guy. He has worked regionally at Portland Stage Company, Sacramento Music Circus and Bakerloo Theatre Project and has performed in Europe in Grease! and in Asia in Cinderella (with Lea Salonga). Strafford is the co-host and head writer of "Web Show New York" (www.webshownewyork.com) and participates in The Moth experience (www.themoth.org).

Fitzgerald is the artistic director of kef theatrical productions, where he recently directed Killing Women and Lyric is Waiting. He was the 2008-09 Directing Resident at Playwrights Horizons assisting Wilson Milam, Bartlett Sher and Kate Whoriskey on plays by Nicky Silver (Three Changes with Maura Tierney), Craig Lucas (Prayer for My Enemy with Victoria Clark and Jonathan Groff) and Christina Anderson (Inked Baby with LaChanze) and served as the 2007-08 artistic associate at Playhouse West (where his production of Defiance garnered Critics Circle nominations for Director and Production). He recently directed Michael I Walker's Letter From Algeria at the Abingdon, for Ground Up Productions.

Brill is currently performing as Boq in the national tour of Wicked. His Broadway credits include All Shook Up, Rent and High Fidelity. He also appeared in the original Las Vegas cast of Spamalot (as Patsy), MSG's A Christmas Carol (as the Ghost of Xmas Past) and The Met's A Midsummer Night's Dream (as Puck) at The Met.

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