"...bringing a raw, riveting message about addiction to schools and stages across a state and region hit hard by the opioid epidemic."
Brian MacQuarrie, Boston Globe 06/07/15
Since this play opened in 2015, 14,000 young people in their middle schools, high schools, and conferences have had the opportunity to see this important prevention program and participate in the post show discussions and follow-up sessions.
Why? Why would anyone let themselves get hooked into this devastating epidemic? How does it start?
This play gets the conversation going with real stories from real young people who got into serious problems with drugs - and how they stopped.
How am I supposed to know what to do? Is there an Instruction Book for Life? Is there a Map with a path laid out for me to follow?
...wonderful and moving!
..it was .presented in such a thoughtful - and humorous way.
This is such a relevant topic right now that kids need to be made aware of. It's tough to talk about but they need to know what's out there and what can happen.
It showed what could happen and when it starts.
It was a combination of sad and funny, cool and hot.
I liked the part when the guy was tied up in the rope and asked for help, people were there for him.
News reports broadcast the shocking news about opioid overdoses.
..while smooth advertisements persuade us to take the latest drug that will help us sleep, make us strong, settle our stomach and make us happy.
It can all start with a teensy, weensy little piece of powder called a DRUG!
Erica: escalation through a myriad of drugs leads to a nasty and costly addiction to oc’s.
Annie: started out getting pills from her mother and as a teenager almost dies in an overdose.
Alex: painkillers in the hospital hook him, and when he gets out, he begs for drugs from strangers. His humiliation makes him think that the world would be better off without him.
P.B.:entwined and trapped in his worsening addiction, he becomes a helpless prisoner, unable to move. The cool drug counselor he meets in rehab points out that this is the end of the line - he's got no future - he's powerless over his addiction. The answer - ASK FOR HELP.
in the end, finding a way
"Now I have the solution I was looking for when I was 11 years old. I wake up every morning and instead of thinking about how I’m going to get high that day, I think – I don’t need anything! I have a choice: I can find a way to connect to recovery or I can make a phone call to a drug dealer and connect to my old habits. I choose recovery."
Improbable Players use applied theater to develop educational plays designed to get audiences talking about the issues. All of the young actors are in long-term recovery. Each program is accompanied by a booklet with pre and post questions for discussion, writing prompts, and q&a guides for each scene. This 45 minute play is suitable for middle school, high school and college.