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Four Legs to stand on


AN ORIGINAL THERAPEUTIC THEATER PIECE

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Four Legs to stand on


AN ORIGINAL THERAPEUTIC THEATER PIECE

Four Legs To Stand On is a modern American story. All is not well on the home front. Sam freshly home from his first year at college finds himself and his family in new, strange territory. Two illnesses are eating away at his family’s foundation. Only cancer is allowed a voice at the dinner table. Substance abuse and addiction are the other malady. This story exposes the secrecy that shrouds the topic of addiction. Opening up to this problem and highlighting the importance of support and family are the goal and the hope. Through humor and realism contrasted against hypocrisy this story invites the audience to take a seat at the table. We all need to acknowledge our American struggle with addiction. It is as close as friends and family.

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Education


Education


THE PLAY ILLUMINATES ADDICTION AS A CHRONIC DISEASE AND DRAWS ATTENTION TO THE NECESSITY OF TREATMENT INTERVENTION. THE STORY JUXTAPOSES CANCER AND PRESENTS THE DOUBLE STANDARD OF BEHAVIOR OFTEN SHOWN TO PEOPLE SUFFERING FROM ADDICTION, AS OPPOSED TO THOSE SUFFERING FROM CANCER. ADDITIONALLY THE STORY HIGHLIGHTS THE DANGERS OF PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE AND HOW TEENAGERS OFTEN OBTAIN PILLS FROM FAMILY MEDICINE CABINETS.

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Healing


Healing


this production is called therapeutic theatre. Throughout the creation and rehearsal process the artistic team infused therapeutic goals for participants. The audience is offered a space for cathartic release, introspection, and reflection. The collective experience of witnessing the performance creates a community for a brief moment in time. Each performance is followed by a twenty-minute talkback in which the audience is given a space to process their unique experiences. We have discovered this as a profound process for our participants. Themes that arise in the talkback help participants to explore emotions, discuss intervention and prevention, and aid in examining detrimental societal norms. The talkback ultimately becomes an exercise in community building, behavioral change, and source for social change.

“You are the hero in this story.”

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DE-STIGMATIZATION


DE-STIGMATIZATION


THE PLAYWRIGHT’S INTENTION IS TO PRESENT A UNIVERSAL STORY. THROUGH THE USE OF RELATABLE CHARACTERS THE AUDIENCE is INSPIRED by empathy TO UNDERSTAND ADDICTION. Beyond the struggle of addiction THE PLAY EXPLORES FAMILY DYNAMICS, SHAME AND GUILT, AND EFFECTIVE VS. INEFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION.

THE SCRIPT WAS CREATED FROM AN ARRAY OF STORIES COLLECTED ABOUT ADDICTION, LOSS, RECOVERY, FAMILY, AND COMMUNITY. THIS JOURNEY OF ONE FAMILY’S STRUGGLE IS INDICATIVE OF ALL OF OUR STRUGGLES WITH THIS DISEASE. THROUGH THE AUDIENCE’S Empathetic RESPONSE AND HONEST CONVERSATION THE PLAY HELPS TO DISSOLVE STIGMA.

 

*WE BELIEVE IN THE IMPORTANCE OF SOCIALLY ORIENTED APPROACHES TO HEALTHCARE, THIS IS OUR FIRST CONTRIBUTION.

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PAST PERFORMANCES:
(RHODE ISLAND & MASSACHUSETTS)

Jamestown Arts center
AS220 BLACKBOX THEATRE
THE PHOENIX HOUSE
KINGSTON CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH
ANCHOR RECOVERY CENTER
NOWELL LEADERSHIP ACADEMY
ARTISTS’ EXCHANGE BLACK BOX
The Alley Theater
Revere High school
Tri-County High school

SOUTH COUNTY Hospital, HEALTHCARE RETREAT
ALPERT MEDICAL SCHOOL, BROWN UNIVERSITY
MONTY TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL
THE ALLEY THEATER
THE CONTEMPORARY THEATER
 Alpert Medical School, Brown University
Boston Children's Hospital
North River Theater
Monty Technical School
Block Island Maritime Institute
Westerly High School


I’ve seen a lot of plays about addiction but this one was profound and truthful.
— Tom Coderre , Chief of Staff, SAMHSA
You hit the nail right on the head. That was my story.
— Rehab Resident, Phoenix House
Your play managed to draw me into a tough, unfamiliar situation and I found a part of myself that I thought I’d lost.
— Church Attendee, Kingston Congregational Church
This is my second time seeing this. I came to opening night. I actually found myself showing more empathy and care to my brother who is an addict, since then. I think that says a lot about the work.
— Audience Member, Artists Exchange
I feel my mom felt the same way as the mom in the play. She just wasn’t educated on what to do so after 5 years of not talking to my mother I’m going to call her. Thank you.
— In long-term recovery, Anchor Recovery Center
I understand now what I put my family through. Before I thought I was the only one that I was hurting but I see that the family suffers along with me.
— Rehab Resident, Phoenix House
I feel the play did a great job showing the real emotions families deal with when faced with the tragedy of the brain disease of addiction. The guilt, the stigma, the heartache, and how it affects the whole family. It was such a well-done play.
— Mark Dolloff, First Response Programs, Norfolk County DA Office