THE STORY: It’s been fifteen years since Emma, Whitney, and Gretchen became friends as teenagers battling loss and addiction. Now over a decade into recovery, each navigates her way through adulthood after a less-than-perfect adolescence. Emma is a published author, but deeply unhappy and attending therapy for her sex addiction; Whitney, an ambitious chef, just quit her job after her misogynistic boss undermined her work; and Gretchen, nine months pregnant, may or may not want to flee New York for the Connecticut suburbs. Just when their lives couldn’t possibly be more complex, their recovery mentor commits suicide. The three embark on a trip from New York City to rural North Carolina, where Gretchen will deliver the eulogy for their peer and friend. A poignant dark comedy, GEORGIA MERTCHING IS DEAD explores life beyond addiction, and the challenges of facing adulthood when there’s still so much to repair from one’s youth.
“Catya McMullen’s script…is funny, engaging, and occasionally vicious, especially when it dives into its characters’ ugly, vulnerable moments. …Beneath the charming, if familiar, premise…is a sombre core, about loneliness, brokenness, and addiction…” —The New Yorker. “[GEORGIA MERTCHING IS DEAD] breaks your heart with a piercing exploration of the ways in which loss, trauma and love—romantic, platonic, familial—shape our lives. It’s also morbidly hilarious, as these just-past-30 ladies talk candidly about addiction, fisting, hemorrhoids, childbirth and all their dead peers.” —Time Out NY.