A play about addiction gives back to residents in treatment

This summer, The Barrow Group Theater (TBG) in midtown Manhattan debuted an original comedy, The Hungry Ghosts, and donated proceeds from ticket sales to the men, women, and families in treatment at Odyssey House. Scheduled to run for two nights only, the play was extended due to the positive response. By the end of its run, the production raised $1,000 for Odyssey House.

Set in a posh Malibu rehab facility, The Hungry Ghosts is a one-act comedic play that tackles the issues of existential anguish, the nationwide opioid epidemic, and the power of human connection with unlikely allies. This dynamic production featured a cast of TBG alumni and was commissioned by emerging playwright Tessa Borbridge.

In presenting the donation, director Rachel Casparian said, “It gave us all such satisfaction to know that this show was not only helping to bring about greater awareness of the complex nature of addiction and recovery, but also that through this financial contribution to your organization, we would be able to contribute to the recovery of those most directly affected.”