A free one-woman show about alcoholism will be presented at the Tyler Civic Theatre on Saturday.
“Drunk with Hope in Chicago,” is sponsored by Caron Texas, a recovery center 40 miles north of Dallas. The play is written and performed by alcoholism expert Tara Handron, who has personal experience with family members with the disease and studied its effects on women alcoholics for her master’s thesis at Georgetown University.
“The biggest incorrect belief that people have is that if (an alcoholic) really wants to, they can stop,” she said. “But they cannot stop on their own … It is a disease. There is a certain point where it stops being a choice. That’s hard for people to understand.”
The play contains a series of monologues by characters based on real women who struggle with alcoholism, Ms. Handron said.
“Anytime I would approach a woman who had shared her story with me to ask if I could include it in the play, they always said ‘Yes, absolutely, if it will help someone understand.’”
Ms. Handron has preformed the play in the Washington, D.C., area, New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. She is the regional vice president for the Caron organization in the greater Washington, D.C., region.
One of Ms. Handron’s goals with the play was to break down stereotypes of alcoholism as well, she said.
“It’s not about a man drinking out of a paper bag under a bridge,” she said.
The performance will start at 5:30 p.m., and runs approximately one hour. A short question and answer period will follow.
Visit www.carontexas.org/events or contact Amara Durham at 214-287-1968 for more information.
“I really love getting to do it,” Ms. Handron said. “I hope people learn from it, or if they’re struggling, feel that they’re not alone.”