The Players' original and best-loved performance presents a spectrum of scenes about the roller coaster of drinking/drug use. The play offers short and mostly humorous scenes about beer vs. pot, wacky advertising, drinking and driving, and ends with a story about a family torn apart by alcoholism - how they are all affected - and how they all deal with it.
"The scene portraying a familly throughout the years was the most complelling: there were over two hundred eighth graders and you could hear a pin drop. Many of our students have experienced similar scenes in their own families, so it really hit home." -teacher
"My family is like the play because they drink a lot and get drunk. The school should make a class about drugs and alcohol and how it affects us in different ways. And how it affects our family." -student
"I got to hear what happened to them so I don't get into it myself."
"After seeing this program I am more likely to talk with someone, because I would not be afraid to express myself. I saw that alcoholics and addicts could look like you or me." - student
you choose one of the scenes
"I'll Never Do That!" has a section in which you choose a scene that best fits your audience and your curriculum. Each of the scenes is short and humorous - and makes a strong point. such as:
Drinking and driving
Drinking and hooking up
Beer vs Pot
Dude - that stuff is illegal!
the charlie masks dramatize the merry-go-round of addiction. Here are four of the masks beginning with "I'm never going to drink again!" and ending with - once again - drinking into a blackout. And then it starts over again the next day, and the next day and the next. Poor Charlie.
faculty members said
"Your performance was one of the most innovative and effective that I have witnessed. The students and teachers have taken from the program a sense that they can do things in their lives to make positive changes around alcohol and other drug abuse."
"The program was professional, yet relaxed, and drove home important facts in a satirical, dramatic fashion without seeming overly 'preachy'. The use of humor and caricatures made it easy for the audience to identify with the characters and to relate to situations involving chemical abuse. ...it left everyone with a desire for more information, while provoking much thought and discussion among the various groups affected."
"Dear Players, I have seen your show twice. The first time was as a freshman. I thought the show was interesting. The second time, last year, instead of watching it, I felt like I was looking into a mirror: I left with tears in my eyes that I was finally able to see that I was part of an alcoholic family. It was your act, your truth that has led me to seek help, and to know that seeking help is not a bad thing. Thank you for helping me change my life."
"I found the scene of the family most powerful. It tells you how far apart you become with your parents when you do drugs."
"I'll Never Do That!" is suitable and adapted for all ages and audiences. It comes with pre- and post-show discussion guides. See the performances page for time and space details.