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Upstart Theatre presents Outside Edge’s A Very Happy Scrappy Sackler Family Thanksgiving, part of DARE Festival 2019 at Shoreditch Town Hall

You are cordially invited to our family’s Thanksgiving Day celebrations; join us for turkey, football and lawsuits!

The Company performed A Very Happy Scrappy Sackler Family Thanksgiving as part of the DARE Festival 2019.

A Very Happy Scrappy Sackler Family Thanksgiving explores the civil lawsuits suing individual members of the billionaire family who own Purdue Pharma, the maker of the opioid prescription painkiller OxyContin. With dialogue drawn from statements made by the Sackler family members named as defendants in civil lawsuits filed by multiple American states, the production imagines a Thanksgiving in which generations of a fictional philanthropic family sit down over turkey and pie to give thanks with the knowledge that everyday 130 people in America die from opioid-related overdoses. All performers in the production are in recovery from substance misuse and addiction.

DARE is a festival of new and in-development theatre and performance exploring the borders between theatre, politics and conversation. Presented in Shoreditch Town Hall’s iconic basement space, the Ditch, DARE Festival brings together theatre, installations and discussions to kickstart conversations between artists and audiences.

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