Addiction Performance Project
Drug Abuse Prevention: Theater Motivates People To Help
On March 8, 2018, the Redfern Arts Center at Keene State College (KSC) will present The Addiction Performance Project, which is a dramatic reading of Act 3 of O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey into Night as a catalyst for town hall discussions about the disease of addiction as it touches patients, families, and health professionals. This unique participatory event raises awareness of addiction as a chronic disease. It also creates an opportunity for audience participants to examine their own biases toward patients struggling with addiction. The Addiction Performance Project features prominent film and stage actors (past participants include Paul Giamatti, Frances McDormand and Jake Gyllenhaal) who perform the play, which is then followed by a post-performance panel by local community members who have personally lived through the experiences of addiction. This project will have considerable impact on our campus and local community and will accentuate the connection of the arts to the development of healthy communities. Addiction is a crippling disease within our state and we aim to bring awareness to it along with increased and refreshed connections among community members who care.
The Redfern is planning a series of threaded events that will correlate with the topics raised in the Addiction Performance Project, events and activities that will take place throughout the year leading up to the March 8 presentation. Events include film screenings, lectures, book discussions, and outreach to schools in the Monadnock region. We are very excited to be partnering with the KSC’s departments of Health Sciences, Counselling and Theatre, as well the Monadnock Alcohol and Drug Abuse Coalition.
For more information and tickets, please go to http://www.keene.edu/arts/redfern/events/1498508669121/