teaching about addiction and recovery through theater
This is an interactive workshop: you are the actors in scenes where we will grapple with solutions to situations where there is drinking or drug use.
Introduce yourself and tell us - where did you travel from?
what happens because of alcohol/drug abuse?
Writing down the list of things people hate that happen because of alcohol and other drugs? - not from your own life.
i really hate it when... (partial list of responses)
people die from an overdose
children are hurt and scared about parents who drink
drunk drivers kill innocent pedestrians
mental illness is criminalized
pot is legal and popular - people are spending their money on it.
television glamorizes drug use
teenagers party and get into cars and get killed
people come into the emergency room drunk or high and providers treat them badly
veterans don't get the help they need
babies are born with fetal alcohol syndrome
addiction tears families apart
planning the scenes
What's happening, who is there, and how does it show how families are torn apart by addiction?
showing the scenes and looking for solutions
Elderly mother is isolating, drinking and abusing her medications - and the daughters disagree about what to do.
The father is overwhelmed by his angry teenage son and has started drinking himself now that his wife is gone.
The abused child of alcoholic parents comes to his school counselor for help.
As the character, I was glad to be dead and to be finally free from the bickering, the shaming and blaming that continually eroded my family. Now my nephew will have to deal with his heroin problem on his own.
What character meant the most to you - touched you in some way?
what did you think about this experience?
Very powerful and full of fun while teaching at the same time.
We all got out of ourselves.
Lynn encouraged participation.
Very fun end of the day creative - and useable - activity.
So unusual - very engaging with the audience.
Interactive and group participation was great.
Lots of meaningful fun!
A sober experience.
A great out of the box experiential experience.
Entertaining and realistic.
We all got to take a part and recognize how addiction affects the family.
Each participant picked up a copy of the curriculum: Improbable Players - using applied theater in addictions prevention