The Essential Theatre
S. Robert Morgan, Founder/Artistic Director

The Panelists for Women, Addiction and the People Who Love Them

Left to right: Stanice Anderson, Richard C. Watson, Linda Washington Weaver, and Dr. Winston “Kokayi” Patterson
 Stanice Anderson, Moderator
An author, motivational speaker, and heroin overdose survivor Stanice Anderson has provided keynote addresses at conventions, drug courts graduations, and conferences with audiences of up to 7,000 people. She has facilitated seminars, trainings, and iWriteShops as well as classes at the University of the District of Columbia, U.S. Probation Office for the District of Columbia, state & local mental health departments, prisons, schools in the US and West Indies. She helped set up and launch the first drug rehabilitation center on the island country of St. Vincent and The Grenadines. In 2012, Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), chose Ms. Anderson as its National Honorary Chairperson for Wellness Week, which included being commissioned to write a poem that was distributed nationwide.

Richard C. Watson, Panelist
Richard Watson has served as a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist since 2011 for organizations including RPSVa and SAARA of Northern Virginia.  For the DC Recovery Community Alliance he was a Senior Recovery Coach clocking 2500 hours experience with over 90 clients experiencing AODD and Behavioral Health issues: homelessness; joblessness; educational deprivation; returning citizens; PTSD; HIV; and HVC. At the Phoenix Houses of the Mid-Atlantic Intensive Outpatient Services he was a Primary Counselor. He previously worked in the field of law at Washington Law & Professional Books, Richard C. Watson, Esq, Attorney at Law, and Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, LLP.

Linda Washington Weaver, Panelist
Linda Washington Weaver is a Certified Addiction Counselor with a passion for working with women.  “To heal a child you must heal the Family and the Village” is her motto. Since 2014 she has been working with the D.C. Department of Corrections. Formerly she was on staff at Hillcrest Children and Family Center, APRA, Family Treatment Court, MD Treatment Center, KOBA Partnership for Family Preservation, and RAP, Inc. She volunteers with a variety of grassroots organizations including Parent Watch, Bring a Parent, and NIA Umoja (Purpose Unity), a program providing transportation for families to visit their loved ones in prisons.

Dr. Winston “Kokayi” Patterson, Panelist
Prior to becoming an Acupuncture Detox Specialist in 1979, Dr. Winston “Kokayi” Patterson was a Drug Counselor and Program Manager/Director specializing in Residential Treatment, Community Outreach, and Youth Counseling for 35 years. As a graduate from Maryland Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine (2001) and a NADA Certified Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist, he promotes the Acudetox protocol, Acupuncture and an array of wholistic processes and services to empower the person and the community. He was one of the first Certified Addiction Counselors in the D.C. Metropolitan Area.  Dr. Patterson Specializes his training in the Wholisitic Approach to Addictions and  Behavioral Health, and Treatment, Anger Management / Conflict Resolution, HIV/AIDS, a Special Youth Wholistic Health Rights of Passage and Developing a Wholistic Healthy Lifestyle. He is a Founding member of the ADS Collective, a Trainer at TACS, Inc., and the Founder and Executive Director of AWHA. 
About the Play
People for Whom the World Spins and Turns, by 
James J. Hsiao, MD is a product of The Essential Theatre's New Play Reading Series. It completed the three-year creative process in 2006 during the inaugural DC Capital Fringe Festival.

The play 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 performance run at the Anacostia Playhouse will serve to stimulate these lead-up scholarly discussions around addiction, treatment, recovery, relapse, and the physiological, psychological and family impact drug dependency might have.

Press Night for People for Whom the World Spins and Turns is scheduled for June 30. Contact Beth Hauptle to attend by emailing or calling (202) 328-0569.

James Hsiao is a writer, filmmaker, and physician. He studied film as an undergraduate at Yale University, where his thesis film, “Voices,” a documentary about the 1947 Taiwan uprising that led to the massacre of tens of thousands of Taiwanese by Chinese Nationalists, was awarded the Howard Lamar Prize for Outstanding Work in Film and/or Video. Hsiao has written plays that have been read as part of the National Asian American Theater Festival and the Baltimore Playwrights Festival. He wrote and directed a feature-length film, “Water Lilies,” which screened in several New York film festivals. Most recently, he has written several screenplays, which have received top awards in the national film festival circuit. Hsiao received his M.D. from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and completed his residency training at the New York Presbyterian Hospital. He currently works as an emergency physician in San Diego. His essays have been published in the online Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine.
Dr. James J. Hsiao is the author of People for Whom the World Spins and Turns.
People for Whom the World Spins and Turns
by James J. Hsiao, MD
 June 29-July 15  
Anacostia Playhouse
2020 Shannon Place, SE, Washington, DC 20020 Tickets for the production will go on sale April 2