Prevention Plays

2nd Act is the only nonprofit organization in America that creates original drama therapeutic productions as a substance use prevention intervention. Years of research and evaluation shows that our performances elicit empathy, destigmatize Substance Use Disorder (SUD) and those whom it affects, and drives people to social action. We utilize real stories, actors with lived experience, and drama therapeutic theory to ensure audiences walk away with a deeper understanding of and compassion for SUD. Not only do the performances humanize the topic but they also create a safe space that fosters better understanding and allyship among audience members. These productions help provide recovery capital to our actors and production staff.  


All performances are 45 minutes and are followed by a facilitated talkback between actors and audience members. These plays are suitable for ages 12 and above. All audiences will be provided with a discussion and resource guide. Feedback forms will be distributed to allow 2nd Act to collect important data surrounding the impact of each performance.


Photo by Karen Snyder

I’ll Never Do That

An intimate story of one family's struggles happening behind closed doors. As one of the parents descends deeper into addiction, the rest of the family struggles to cope. This story sheds light on family dynamics, the harrowing path to recovery, and the overwhelming truth that addiction is a “family disease.”

Written by 2nd Act

Price: $2,300.00; in person

Four Legs to Stand On

Two illnesses are eating at this family’s foundation. Only cancer is allowed a voice at their table. This story exposes the secrecy that shrouds the topic of opioid addiction. Through humor and realism contrasted against hypocrisy this story invites the audience to take a seat at the table and acknowledge our American struggle with addiction. It is as close as family.

Written by Ana Bess Moyer Bell

Price: $1,650.00; virtual

Photo by Stefy Hilmer