Art imitates life: Theater project takes on addiction, serves as conversation starter

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CONCORD, NH – Outside the Wire, a social impact company, will present a performance of The Addiction Performance Project as part of The NH Providers Association Annual Behavioral Health Conference in Concord on October 15, from 5:30- 7:30 p.m.

Screen Shot 2015-10-07 at 9.11.06 PMThe Addiction Performance Project presents dramatic readings of Act Three of Eugene 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, communities, and health professionals who work in the fields of primary care, nursing, and clinical bioethics. The reading/discussion format is intended to break down the stigma associated with addiction and promote healthy dialogue among diverse communities – public and professional–fostering compassion, cooperation, and understanding about people who are living with the disease of addiction.

The reading is followed by a panel discussion, led by a diverse group of community members, culminating in a facilitated town hall discussion. The entire presentation will be roughly two hours long. The event is open to the general public and is being held at the Capitol Center for the Arts. Tickets are $10 and available at the box office or by clicking here.

The Addiction Performance Project was originally developed by Outside the Wire with support from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Outside the Wire has presented the Addiction Performance Project at prominent medical conferences, hospitals, and medical schools throughout the United States for audiences comprised of primary care physicians and other medical professionals. These performances have featured well-known actors such as Blythe Danner, Kathy Chalfant, Dianne Wiest, Kathryn Erbe, Mare Winningham, and Debra Winger in the role of Mary Tyrone.

Featuring Maryann Plunkett, Will Lyman, Jamie Sanders and Sally Wood.

About Outside the Wire    

Outside the Wire is a social impact company that uses theater and a variety of other media to address pressing public health and social issues, such as combat-related psychological injury, end of life care, prison reform, political violence and torture, and the destigmatization of the treatment of substance abuse and addiction.

Visit Outside the Wire’s website: to find more information about the project, watch a short video of a performance, and find out about recent and upcoming performances. You can also find us on Facebook:

About The NH Providers Association

The NH Providers Association is a nonprofit organization that is committed to a vision of an all encompassing continuum of care that successfully addresses the public health impacts of substance use. The mission of the NH Providers Association is to represent its members in advancing substance use prevention, treatment, and recovery through public policy, leadership, professional development, and quality member services. The NH Providers Association hosts a behavioral health conference annually. This years conference is held on October 15th at the Grappone Conference Center and is themed Modeling the Future: A solutions oriented approach to New Hampshire’s behavioral health crisis.

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Carol Robidoux

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