Play ‘Four Legs to Stand On’ Supports Families Coping with Addiction

The play Four Legs to Stand On is a story about addiction and compassion, followed by an opportunity for Rhode Islanders to discuss the impact that alcohol and other drug abuse has had on their lives — and how they can support people in recovery.

The Fall 2017 Tour of Four Legs to Stand presented by Wakefield-based Creating Outreach About Addiction Support Together (COAAST), includes the 35-minute play about a family’s struggle with addiction, followed by a talkback session with the actors and playwright Ana Bess Moyer Bell. The play stars RITravel’s own Paul Kandarian, whose family — like so many in Rhode Island — has been touched by addiction.

“The play confronts the audience with questions rather than answers like “Is addiction a disease or a moral weakness?”” according to COAAST. “With reflections on how we as a community can shift the social underpinnings that stigmatize those who suffer, the hope is the community will come to the aid of those suffering from addiction with understanding, compassion, and support. 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.”

COAAST focuses its efforts on stemming the ongoing opioid epidemic through arts-based educational, therapeutic, and community driven approaches. Performances of Four Legs to Stand On are open to the public, with donations requested, as follows:

  • Sept. 14, 6:30 p.m.: Westminster Unitarian Church – Sponsored by the East Greenwich Drug Program
  • Sept. 28, 7 p.m.: Rhode Island College, Sapinsley Hall – Sponsored by RICovery 
  • Sept. 30, 7:30 p.m.: The Barker Playhouse, Providence – Sponsored by CODAC Behavioral Healthcare
  • Oct. 8, 7 p.m.: Contemporary Theater Company – Sponsored by CODAC Behavioral Healthcare
  • Oct. 12, 6:30 p.m.: Chariho High School – Sponsored by the Westerly Hospital Foundation

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