four friends, divided by their opinions about drinking and drug use. They have to answer hard questions: Aren't I supposed to have fun when I'm young? How much should friends help each other? Would it be better to drop out than come back to school after you get clean?
In the end Traci hits bottom -- she's running on empty-- and she has to make a change - a vivid portrayal of the hope and reality of recovery.
Improbable Players will be performing Running On E this fall as a staged reading. This style of theater is a script-in hand reading presented without common theatrical elements like sets or costumes. A pared-down reading like this uniquely engages the audience by immersing them in the immediacy of the text and the actors’ performances, allowing one’s own imagination to take creative flight. (thanks to commonwealth shakespeare for this description)
I'm going to New York - why don't you come with me?
the program models these underlying messages
Alcohol is a drug.
Recreational drug/alcohol can get you into life-changing trouble.
There are consequences of use/abuse on friends and family.
You don't have to 'pick up' - there's more to life.
You don't have to drink to have fun.
Feelings won't kill you. Drugs might.
Help your friends when they get into trouble - and get help if you have to.
It's ok to be yourself - it's ok to talk about your feelings.
The youth personal fable - that feeling of complete uniqueness - is not reality.
You're never too young to get sober.
Just as there were steps to getting hooked, there are steps to getting clean/sober.
There's always hope - the door can be opened: talk with someone.
it tells a story
"The play was really telling me a story. It showed me that drugs can crush your dreams in a blink of an eye."
'It really explained drug use alot, peer pressure and how it feels - also bonds being broken."
Traci - we're worried about you - you don't look good - you haven't been showing up - for class or anything else - what's going on?.
faculty members say
"Thanks for being so transparent,so real, for sharing your life stories with us. A first hand account as the most potential to teach and to persuade."
"Thanks! Running On E was a good depiction of how we can help each other with drug problems."
"I have never seen our students so quiet and involved in a program--it was well worth the time."
"I liked the play because it showed us the real-life situations and consequences of drug use."
"I think each person here can relate to at least one of the characters - we could easily be in their shoes."
"These are people who went through what I went through, so seeing the play and talking to them makes you feel like you're not alone."
should you call someone when you see someone in trouble with drugs? yes!
Some states have a "good samaritan" law.
this law protects witnesses and overdose victims from being charged or prosecuted for possession of a controlled substance when calling 911 during an overdose.
this law offers legal protection for those who prescribe Naloxone (Narcan) and those that possess and/or administer Naloxone to someone appearing to have an opioid overdose.
this law saves lives by making it more likely for friends and family members witnessing an overdose to call 911 for help.
Running On E was developed with combined grants from the Greater Boston Council on Alcoholism, the Roy A. Hunt Foundation, the Paul and Edith Babson Foundation, and rehearsal space from the Cloud Foundation.
Running On E is suitable for and adapted for middle school, high school, college, and community events. It comes with pre- and post-performance discussion guides. For more information about space and time requirements, go to the performances page.