If drug abuse is becoming a serious issue in your school or environment, I highly recommend this short play that will fit into a class period of 45 minutes. Readings could be very effective as well.
Reviews of this play indicate that it is better than a lecture. Oscar nominated Nancy Oliver writes about the series: "These plays operate under the assumption that entertainment plus audience involvement is a more effective way to communicate important information." This play has been used to educate young people about drug abuse. It can be used as a resource for those who need information about local drug rehabilitation agencies.
We traveled with this show. Our producer described the reaction at a rehab center: "During the first couple of minutes, kids had their feet up on the chairs making remarks. And then everything got quiet. The whole atmosphere changed. We were in it together."
We provide the script for you. A local drug rehab agency can be contacted to come and speak afterwards and distribute information. Kasy Silver, the producer, described the discussion afterward as "very moving..genuine. ..One father said for the first time, he'd seen himself with his son's eyes. We never know what to expect, but this, this was really something. Really rewarding." The play opens up the students' hearts. One student said, "That was my mother in that play." When their hearts are open, they are more open to getting help for themselves or a family member.
This is a simple play to produce with a small cast and minimal props. We will happily provide any ongoing support.