This 15 minute compilation video shows the depth and breadth of Players' work - since 1984 the company has developed over 9 different plays and many short scenes, all created to address the changing social scene that young people have to deal with.
Over 200 dedicated actors over the years have brought new insights into the characters and the issues - and shared their own stories of recovery with audiences.
The roomy halls of St. John's Church were our rehearsal spaces for many years - and where "Passing It On" was developed. The church played an important part in the Players' history. Today it continues the tradition of welcome - each week providing a home for over 20 recovery meetings..
Mike Clark, Minister of Belmont-Watertown United Methodist Church welcomed the gathering.
Guests Mark and Margo check out the silent auction items
Bob and Kate - Kate is one of the founders of the New York troupe
Board member David welcomed guests
act two: video and performances
act two continued: past, present, and future
"i'll never do that!"
"Things have come full circle - tonight I went to the Players 30th Gala - fabulous! I joined the troupe in 1984 and for over 4 years performed in over 300 shows, until being 5 months pregnant in late 1988, had to stop. Shortly after Devin was born I filled in as an understudy - sometimes with her and her Dad backstage. Tonight at this event, that same baby, now a woman and a mother herself, was the "it" photographer - no longer a baby waiting in the wings. For me she was center stage." - Marcia D., Winchester, MA
"It really changed my life being part of the troupe all those years ago. I'm still teaching drama and just started a children's theater company here. I know that the work you do changes the schools, the kids, and the actors - I was there and played a part in it. What a gift you've given to us all!" - Christina C., California
short scene: courvoisier
Dave Mac performed the scene he wrote, 'corvoisier'.
short scene: rolling drunk
Bob in the scene he wrote, Rolling Drunk
Bob with Chris
passing it on
"From 1992-1999 I was acting out the truth as a young recovering alcoholic with the Improbable Players. My contribution to this troupe was helping to create a play called Passing It On about HIV prevention, funded by grants and paid for by schools. My blessed years there were based in Boston but we traveled throughout the country. What a great way to carry the message for a person in recovery. Congrats to the Players for 30 years!" - Sherri L., California.
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"I am unfortunately unable to be there...but I would like to say - Congratulations - 30 years, WOW! I am so blessed to have been a part of 5 out of 30 of those years. What an amazing time in my life to have worked with some talented and creative people. Lynn Bratley you are a beacon of light who inspires others to shine bright! So much laughter, growth and passion is shared in Improbable Players. May you continue to connect with the hearts of youth and their mentors for many years to come!..love, Brendan T., Maine
the end of the line
applause and bows - recognition of board - actors - family
act three: chocolate, coffee, photos and music
Dotti, Elie, and Elena
Marcia, Michael, Bob
Clare and Abby
Lynn and amazing past Program Managers - Tatiana, Hannah
Mark, Michael, Sean and Bob
Mary Jo, Lynn, Bo, Chris
Dave Mac and Lynn
Russ and Mike
John, Mike and Gerry
Zac doubled as video editor and musician, here with Elizabeth