Our performances are 25-45 minutes long followed by a talkback/Q&A. Our workshops give students the space and tools to combat social pressures and find coping strategies that work for them. Our plays are based on true stories and performed by people in recovery. We have touring troupes in New England, NY & NJ, and Cleveland OH!
Our work is appropriate for 6th grade and up. We've also performed at conferences, treatment centers, and community events across the country.
Improbable Players have been performing the mission of substance use disorder prevention since 1984. With each performance we collect feedback. The sentiments are clear: our work is uniquely impactful because our actors have lived the stories they perform. These are universally relatable stories.
This feedback is bolstered by research by John F. Kelly, PhD, ABPP with Recovery Research Institute at MGH. His pre and post show surveys show significant changes in attitudes and knowledge of school age audiences. This is evidence based prevention education.
"The performance is moving students' beliefs, intentions and attitudes regarding substance use and increasing their perceived confidence in asking for help should they ever have an alcohol or other drug problem. The results are in the positive therapeutic range." -Dr. Kelly.
To set the stage for prevention by educating the public about addiction and recovery through dramatic performances and theater workshops -presented by actors who are in long-term recovery from addictions - that help people recognize situations in their own lives and seek the help they need.