Director Patricia Riggen Reflects On Hulu's "Dopesick"

Robert Goldrich

October 22, 2021

The chance to reunite with show creator Danny Strong, the significance of the all-too-real story drew her to the limited series.

Director Patricia Riggen, whose work spans features and TV, is no stranger to witnessing actor auditions but her experience on them for Dopesick proved especially impactful, inspiring and disconcerting at the same time. Dopesick, an eight-episode drama series that debuted on Hulu last week, delves into opioid addiction in America, drawing us into a distressed Virginia mining community, a rural doctor’s office, the boardrooms of Purdue Pharma, and the inner workings of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).