'Improbable Players' Bring Stories Of Addiction To Stage

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(Carl Stevens/WBZ NewsRadio)

WATERTOWN, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — For 35 years, educational theatre company Improbable Players has brought stories of addiction to the stage.

With the ongoing opioid epidemic, their work contains an immediate poignancy—especially considering that every single actor in the troupe is recovering from substance use disorder.

Their plays are evidence-based prevention education. Chris Everett, co-director of Improbable Players, told WBZ NewsRadio’s Carl Stevens the material comes from the real lives of those who have lived it.

“We’ve survived it, and letting people know that prevention is possible and recovery is possible, there’s no better job than this,” Everett said.

Everett said the troupe does a lot of work in schools.

"In 2016, the Surgeon General did a report, and we learned that the best practice for teaching prevention education is to actually model the desired behavior, as opposed to standing up there and saying 'Don't do this, don't do that,' and that's what we do with Improbable Players," Everett said. "We've been putting this face and modeling behavior that students can identify with."

Listen to Carl's interview with Everett below.

WBZ NewsRadio's Carl Stevens (@carlwbz) reports

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