Dysphoria, which refers to a state of feeling unwell or unhappy, is the twisted, cinematic tale of Jenny, a beautiful 20-year-old crystal meth addict who “plots a road to redemption through the strip clubs and drug dens of Baltimore.” We don’t usually equate crystal meth with attractiveness, but this is fiction. And a redemptive route via pole dancing and seedy, smoke-filled slum houses sounds like a future episode of Intervention, but a dope-addled beauty always makes good entertainment. Dysphoria screenwriter Brian Havelka, who worked with period piece powerhouse Merchant Ivory Productions before editing TV shows like Pawn Stars and Fashion Hunters, is hosting a staged reading of his screenplay. Sadly, Betty Ford resident Lindsay Lohan will not be performing the role of Jenny.
Alchemical Theater Laboratory, 137 West 14th Street, (212) 675-1390, 8-10pm, Free