Steven Strafford Recounts Drug-Addled, Sex-Crazed Life With Methtacular!, Beginning Tonight | Playbill

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News Steven Strafford Recounts Drug-Addled, Sex-Crazed Life With Methtacular!, Beginning Tonight About Face Theatre, in association with Justin Brill, launches its 2014-15 season with Methtacular!, written and performed by Steven Strafford. Performances begin Aug. 21 at Theater Wit in Chicago.

Steven Strafford
Steven Strafford

Directed by Adam Fitzgerald, the Chicago premiere of Methtacular! will open Aug. 24 for a run through Sept. 28.

Methtacular!, according to About Face, "is Steven Strafford's hilarious and harrowing autobiographical account of his three years as a crystal meth addict in Chicago. Through comedy, songs, and plenty of honest storytelling, Strafford brings audiences on a journey through the chemical highs, devastating lows, and ultimate redemption from his drug addled, sex crazed life."

"After playing to sold-out crowds and rave reviews in New York, Cincinnati and Portland, this unique piece of theatre is finally coming home to Chicago where it was born and bred," said AFT artistic director Andrew Volkoff in a statement. "Crystal meth addiction has been a serious national problem for years in the gay community, and especially here in the Midwest. A talented artist and brilliant storyteller, Steven shines a light on addiction that is at once funny and thought provoking, turning his journey down the rabbit hole into a compelling and comedic evening. Virtuosic and soulbaringly honest, Methtacular! is a play that audiences won't soon forget."

Other members of the creative team include David L. Arsenault (scenic design), Aaron Rhyne (projections design), John McDaniel (music supervision and arrangements), William TN Hall (original music and arrangements) and Wade Elkins (original music).

Theater Wit is located at 1229 W. Belmont Avenue in Chicago. For more information and tickets, call (773) 975-8150 or visit

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