February 14-March 10, 2019

Author Tom Hansen deftly balances his raw story of self-destruction with wry humor and hope. A fast-paced ride through Seattle’s grunge-era music scene, American Junkie looks at the man behind the addiction and the power heroin can have on people’s lives.

American Junkie follows Hansen as he hits rock bottom and then rises to find his path to recovery. Hansen was a pioneer in the punk rock scene in Seattle until his heroin habit led to addiction and dealing. On his death bed, weighing 100 pounds, he finally got clean. “When I saw the Book-It adaptation of Denis Johnson’s Jesus’ Son I dreamed of having one of my books produced for the stage. I’m beyond honored and thrilled to see what they do with American Junkie,” says Hansen.

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KEXP’s Sound & Vision
Saturday, Feb. 23
Airs 6-9am on KEXP
Tune in to KEXP’s new public affairs program to hear panelists Tom Hansen (American Junkie author), Marco Collins (KEXP DJ), and Caleb Banta-Green (Seattle’s opioid taskforce) discuss addiction, recovery, and Seattle’s music scene. Hosted by KEXP morning show host John Richards and Senior Arts and Public Affairs Producer Emily Fox.

Post-Show Discussion
Sunday, Feb 24
The Center Theatre Lobby around 3:45pm
Join American Junkie co-adapter/director Jane Jones as she moderates a discussion about addiction with author Tom Hansen, Dr. Rosemary Kelly, Dr. Doug Zatzick, and Karen Oliver immediately following the 2pm matinee.

Post-Show Discussion
Sunday, Mar 3
The Center Theatre Lobby around 3:45pm
FREE and open to the public
Join American Junkie cast members for a discussion about their process to bring this gritty memoir to life and gain a deeper understanding of the subject matter.


Jesica AvelloneMom/CJ/Sasha/Ensemble
Ian BondTom Hansen
Hazel Rose GibsonGisele/Gretchen/Ensemble
Tim GouranCody/Psychiatrist/Timmy/Ensemble
Brian Gunter*Dad/Sverre/Johnny/Ensemble
Marco Adiak VoliScotty/Greg/Ensemble



Jane JonesAdapter/Director
Kevin McKeonCo-Adapter
Jen TaylorAssistant Director
Catherine CornellScenic Designer
Tristan RobersonLighting and Projections Designer
Kelly McDonaldCostume Designer
Kyle ThompsonSound Designer
Cedric WrightProperties Designer
Bryce Bartl-GellerAssistant Projections Designer
Jeremiah Givers*Stage Manager
Caitlin Denney-TurnerAssistant Stage Manager
Ian StewartDramaturg
Kristin L. SchoenbackDirecting Intern
Dan SchuyProduction Manager
Benjamin RadinTechnical Director
Shelby ChooMaster Carpenter
Jessica ChristensenScenic Charge Artist/Properties Master
Danny HerterMaster Electrician/Board Operator
Jessica JonesSound Engineer/Board Operator
Anna BowenDresser


*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States


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