Prevention education from people who get it.



Our work is designed to end stigma, educate around substance use disorder, and start a conversation. The disease of addiction thrives in the dark. We help communities bring it into the light and talk about it. We work with schools, towns, parents, and other nonprofits to approach this difficult topic. Together we can stop addiction before it starts and help end the opioid epidemic.

Our Complete Program includes:

  1. Stages- Our kickoff show; a high energy SNL-like sketch revue that satirizes and highlights the misconceptions & consequences of substance misuse.

  2. Workshop Series- 5 interactive, high-student ratio workshops where we teach about misconceptions, peer dynamics, how to say no role play, positive relationships, and coping mechanisms. Culminates in a showcase of student work.

  3. Full Play- A 45 minute four person performance of your choice followed by a talk back led by our actors in recovery. Note: We can adjust the talkback length, but plan for at least 60 minutes total.

All of our programs are aligned to Health and Social Emotional Learning curriculum frameworks.



Programs can also be implemented individually. All of our plays are performed with minimal set and by actors who are in long term recovery from substance use disorder.

Our “full plays” are performed by four actors, run about 45 minutes in length, and end with a talkback and Q&A -program is 60 minutes minimum with talkback. They are all based on true stories. Contact us to learn more. Click to view or to download full descriptions of each piece. Our workshop series also act as a fantastic follow up companion to further explore each piece.

I’ll Never Do That- Who it affects and how we cope; substance use disorder is a family disease.

End of the Line- How it starts; from casual use to opioids. Our first piece to tackle the opioid epidemic head on.

Running on E- Why we we start; the pressures and how to resist.

Stages- The misconceptions that lead to substance misuse. This is our sketch revue. It runs 20-25 minutes and features two actors. We cover topics like: beer v. pot, excuses, appearance, peer pressure, and more. This show is also followed by a talkback and Q&A.


Workshops- Improbable Players offers a tried and true workshop curriculum taught by one of our experienced teaching artists. This interactive session is typically with a group of 10-20 students. We convey the latest information and science around substance use disorder. This program is customizable for your org's needs. These are often paired with shows to supercharge prevention education efforts. Read our two page overview here.

Professional Development- We’ve trained teachers, police departments, and public health professionals in how to recognize the impacts of addiction on young folks and how to have a helpful conversation. We also present a comprehensive view of the disease model of addiction and cover mandated reporting. Read our overview here.

Lecture/Discussion- Improbable Players staff have decades of collective experience working at the intersection of theater and public health. We are happy to customize a lecture or discussion program for your institution -great for public health orgs, hospitals, police & fire departments, town councils, and more.

Book a Program

To inquire further about programming, prices, or how to bring a program to you, please contact us at or by phone 1.800.437.4303

If you want to bring one of our programs to your organization but don't have the budget, you can use our grant template to apply for funding. Depending on your region and the time of year, we may also have grant funding available. The office can advise if cost is an issue.



End stigma. End crisis.