A HUGE thank you to everyone who came out to our 35th Anniversary Gala on 10.28.19. It was an amazing event. Read our full update here.


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.



Over our 34 year history, Improbable Players' innovative programs have been blessed with hundreds of positive articles and pieces. We're working on archiving content that's not currently online, but below is a sampling of what is online.

Boston Globe article on our play tackling the opioid epidemic

WBUR profile of End of the Line

Watertown honors our founder

From our Vermont tour

Boston Voyager interview with Lynn Bratley

Watertown Youth Coalition honors decades of service.

All press inquiries can be directed to Andy Short. Please include "press inquiry" in the subject line along with the name of your publication. You can find our latest press release here.

To learn more about one of our generous granting organizations The Cummings Foundation, click here

Recent Student & Teacher Feedback



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