Methtacular! Set to Launch New Season of About Face Theatre

By John Lavitt 08/19/14

Steven Stafford's darkly comic look at meth addiction will be in Chicago this month.

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Stafford in Methtacular! Photo via

Methtacular!, a dark comedic look at meth addiction and the associated underworld scene experienced by meth addicts, is scheduled to launch the new season of the About Face Theater this month.

Written and performed by Steven Strafford and directed by Adam Fitzgerald, Methtacular! opens on Aug. 21 and will play through the end of September. The one-man show expresses with brutal honesty a dark story of the descent into methamphetamine addiction via the underground gay bathhouse scene of Chicago.

Steven Stafford delivers a harrowing autobiographical account of his three years as a crystal meth addict in Chicago. As a struggling Chicago actor, Strafford got hooked on the "There's nothing wrong with me" vibe he got from crystal. Stafford was intoxicated by being picked up by random strangers, who became his best friends and lovers while the drug lasted. Through comedy, song, and bare bones storytelling, Strafford takes audiences on “a journey through the chemical highs, devastating lows, and ultimate redemption from his drug addled, sex crazed life.”

AFT Artistic Director Andrew Volkoff commented about his excitement of finally bringing the one-man show to its real home. "After playing to sold-out crowds and rave reviews in New York, Cincinnati and Portland, this unique piece of theater is finally coming home to Chicago where it was born and bred," Volkoff said.

"Crystal meth addiction has been a serious national problem for years in the gay community, and especially here in the Midwest," he continued. "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.”

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Growing up in Manhattan as a stutterer, John Lavitt discovered that writing was the best way to express himself when the words would not come. After graduating with honors from Brown University, he lived on the Greek island of Patmos, studying with his mentor, the late American poet Robert Lax. As a writer, John’s published work includes three articles in Chicken Soup For The Soul volumes and poems in multiple poetry journals and compilations. Active in recovery, John has been the Treatment Professional News Editor for The Fix. Since 2015, he has published over 500 articles on the addiction and recovery news website. Today, he lives in Los Angeles, trying his best to be happy and creative. Find John on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.