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“As cathartic as doing this play has been for me, more importantly it has raised the shroud on what has been a dirty little secret in America for too long: Our children — and other loved ones — are dying from the disease of addiction, and we need to bring it out in the open and talk about it. This play does that.”

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“I want people to come in and have whatever experience they need to have. For communities, it may be to create more empathy and understanding, not just for those suffering from addiction, but for their families, as well,” Moyer Bell said.

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“Theater for thousands of years has been a vehicle to open up conversation about the unspeakable,” says Moyer Bell. “The angle we’re taking is that addiction doesn’t just affect the person suffering from the disease, but it also affects the family and the community. If we are going to change, heal and rehabilitate, we’re going to have to do it as a community and as a supportive family.”

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"The organization presented “Four Legs to Stand On,” a powerful one-act play exploring how addiction affects families and the struggles families face in trying to respond and communicate. The task force and the actors spent the day at the school, making the same presentations to the student body.

 

 

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“Actor Paul Kandarian and playwright Ana Bess Moyer Bell discuss their play “Four Legs to Stand On” which tells the story of one family’s struggle with a son’s drug addiction. In real life, Kandarian’s son is a recovering heroin addict, and he talks about how this informed his performance.”

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The focus of the event was on a short play written by Ana Bess Moyer Bell called “Four Legs to Stand On,” about a young woman who turns to drugs to help deal with the stress of college and her father’s cancer treatment. Some audience members spoke about losing loved ones to addiction and knowing people in recovery.

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“The group discussion after the play was a combination of shared stories and shared knowledge, as individuals from different town awareness groups spoke to what resources they utilize and take advantage of in their community…”

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"Of course, adults also take opioids. In ”Four Legs to Stand On" ... Block Island Medical Center's Dr. Mark Clark pointed out what the script makes clear: “Addiction is not prejudiced. It could as easily have been Dad or Mom or the younger sister. As an illness, it doesn't matter, it could be anyone.”