Thursday, October 13, 2016

S.A.F.E. presents the COAAST production of "Four Legs to Stand On"

Franklin, Medway and surrounding Towns: The S.A.F.E. Coalition presents the COAAST production of “Four Legs To Stand On,” a tool to further stem drug abuse and understand its treatment. 

This production offers THEATER as a therapeutic tool to educate, understand, cope, advocate and heal our communities. The 35-minute play followed by a Q&A interchange occurs at two venues:

  • Oct 27 (Thu) Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School, 147 Pond St, Franklin @ 7:00 pm (doors open at 6:00 pm) 
  • Oct 28 (Fri) The Black Box, 15 W Central St, Franklin @ 7:00 pm (doors open at 6:00 pm)

The actors confront the audience with questions rather than answers such as "Is addiction a disease or a moral weakness?" Upon reflection we can then shift the social underpinnings that stigmatize those who suffer from Substance Use Disorder and aid those suffering from disease with understanding, compassion, and support. The play challenges the audience and the community to change the status quo - and to reach out to those suffering from this disease as well as their friends and family.

“Audience members will learn about the disease, the danger of prescription drug abuse and its’ prevalence among teenagers. By reducing the stigma associated with this disease we open pathways for those that need treatment and allow families the opportunity to find the support that they so desperately need.” Jim Derick, President, S.A.F.E.

"I’ve seen a lot of plays about addiction but this one was profound and truthful.” Tom Coderre, Chief of Staff, SAMHSA

“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

the COAAST Organization production of “Four Legs to Stand On”
the COAAST Organization production of “Four Legs to Stand On”

S.A.F.E. is a coalition of community partners who have come together to provide support, education, treatment options, and coping mechanisms for those affected by substance abuse disorder. We do so by empowering those affected, including their families, with the tools necessary to succeed on their journey to recovery. We understand that while I can't, we can.

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