Original theater piece focuses on stories of addiction, recovery
Photo courtesy of COAAST/Stefy Hilmer
COAAST, an organization dedicated to eradicating the opioid epidemic through arts-based educational, therapeutic and community-driven approaches, will present an original theater piece at Salve Regina this month.
Scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16 in the Bazarsky Lecture Hall, “Four Legs to Stand On: Act Two” focuses on the authentic stories of a community ravaged by the opioid epidemic. From the successes of recovery to the heartbreak of relapse, the play dives headfirst into the realities of a cast of characters fighting for their lives.
Following the performance, a question-and-answer talkback will explore strategies to shift the social underpinnings that stigmatize those who suffer.
“Our hope is that the community will be better equipped to come to the aid of those suffering from addiction with understanding, compassion and support,” said Christopher Carbone, coordinator of the expressive and creative arts program. “The play challenges the audience and the community to change the status quo and to reach out to those addicted as well as their friends and family.”
Admission is free and open to the Salve Regina and Aquidneck Island communities, but those interested in attending are asked to RSVP through Eventbrite.
The performance is sponsored by the departments of Counseling, Leadership and Expressive Arts, Music, Theater and Dance, Psychology and Social Work, the Mercy Center for Spiritual Life and the Office of Student Affairs.