People for Whom the World Spins and Turns


This world premiere play by James J. Hsiao, MD, introduces audiences to five recovering addicts and their sometimes-catastrophic attempts to survive a 28-day recovery program. Not yielding to temptation becomes a day-to-day strategy as questionable practices ensue. Relationships begin, strengthen, and disintegrate as these five lives spin, turn, evolve, and stand still. The production of this play is part of the Addiction/Recovery Project which will present a series of community conversations surrounding the production. Generous support is provided by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Presented by The Essential Theatre

Show Type
Running Time
120 minutes
(1 Intermission)
Appropriate For 16+ Price Ranges
$1 - $40

Discount Tickets Available Goldstar

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Box Office Phone: 800-838-3006

Schedule Open/Close Dates: 06/29/2018 - 07/15/2018
Sunday 02:00pm07:00pm-
Monday ---
Tuesday ---
Wednesday ---
Thursday ---
Friday 07:30pm--
Saturday 02:00pm07:30pm-
Important Dates

Special Performances

  • 06/28/2018 - 7:00pm LGBTQ Night & Pay What You Can
  • 06/30/2018 - 2:00pm Ages 12 to 45 half price
  • 06/30/2018 - 5:30pm Reception/Benefit Perf.
  • 07/05/2018 - 1:00pm 65 and Older & Military $10

Dark Days

  • 07/05/2018 - 7:30pm
Performer Role
Matthew Castleman Steve
James J Johnson Daryl
Ayesha Gowie Cheryl
Kevin S Boudreau Ron
Elle Marie Sullivan Haley
Production Personnel
James J. Hsaio, MD
S. Robert Morgan
Costume Designer
Luqman Salim
Set Designer
April Joy Vester
Sound Designer
Cresent R. Haynes
Lighting Designer
Ian Claar
Assistant Direction/Production Coordination: Manuel Abascal Deaquino; Properties: Robert A. Weaver
Master Electrician: Jeremy Mayo; Stage Manager: Rachel A. Walsh;


Anacostia Playhouse
2020 Shannon Place SE, Washington, DC 20020

Getting There

  • Anacostia (Green Line)
  • Easily accessible via 90-series buses


  • Street parking


  • This venue is wheelchair accessible.
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Addiction Recovery Project Sample

Recovering Addict Kevin Minor