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2nd Act is the only nonprofit organization in the United States that creates original drama therapeutic productions as a substance use prevention intervention. We utilize real stories, actors with lived experience, drama therapeutic theory, and prevention framework to ensure audiences walk away with a deeper understanding of and compassion for Substance Use Disorder and those affected by it. 
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  • Performed by actors in long-term recovery or with lived experience of Substance Use

  • Based on real stories

  • Designed to meet relevant health education standards based on Department of Education outcomes for each state where 2nd Act performs

  • Followed by a facilitated talkback from our actors

  • Suitable for ages 12 and above

  • Accompanied by a discussion and resource guide


  1. Identify what Substance Use Disorder (SUD) looks like in an individual and a family. 

  2. Identify the nature and origins of SUD.

  3. Identify a trusted adult and local resources to talk to about SUD.

  4. Normalize conversation about SUD by practicing it post-show. 

  5. Create allyship within the student body to help support those struggling with SUD. 

  6. Identify pathways to recovery and healthy coping skills.


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: Improbable Players

Spanish translation of the script is available for audiences. Translated by Pablo Barrera

I'll Be There for You

I'll Be There For You follows a group of young people as they create an original play inspired by their daily lives, using the stage as a way to better understand themselves and the world around them. They pull themes from their own lived experience, such as gender and immigrant identity, relationships with adults, and the ways alcohol and other drugs can reshape the landscape of a young person's life. Ultimately they discover what it means to write one’s own ending.

Written by: 2nd Act

Spanish translation of the script is available for audiences. Translated by Pablo Barrera
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State Health Education Standards

DOE Outcomes

Below are the specific educational outcomes mentioned in state curriculum frameworks that 2nd Act seeks to meet through prevention play programming. 




Grade 8

The effects of Substance Use on the Body

  • 10.5 Describe addictions to alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs, and methods for intervention, treatment, and cessation

  • 10.6 List the potential outcomes of prevalent early and late adolescent risk behaviors related to tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs, including the general pattern and continuum of risk behaviors involving substances that youth might follow

Understanding of healthy decisions

  • 10.7 Identify internal factors (such as character) and external factors (such as family, peers, community, faith-based affiliation, and media) that influence the decision of young people to use or not to use drugs

  • 10.8 Demonstrate ways of refusing and of sharing preventive health information about tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs with peers

Grade 12

The effects of Substance Use on the Body

  • 10.9 Describe the relationship between multi-drug use and the increased negative effects on the body, including the stages of addiction, and overdose. Students research the increased chances of death from alcohol poisoning when alcohol is combined with marijuana

  • 10.10 Describe the harmful effects of tobacco, alcohol, and other substances on pregnant women and their unborn children.

Understanding of healthy decisions

  • 10.11 Explain the consequences of driving under the influence of alcohol and other drugs 

  • 10.12 Explain the physical, financial, social, and psychological cost of addiction 

  • 10.13 Demonstrate the ability to make informed decisions regarding the use of tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs. Students generate a list of alternatives to teenage drinking, tobacco, and other substance use 

  • 10.14 Describe the influence of Substance Use on family members 

  • 10.15 Apply promotion skills to encourage healthy behaviors (such as identifying and evaluating initiatives and opportunities for promotion, collecting and disseminating information, and modeling)

Grades 6, 7 and 8

  • 2.6. Describe situations requiring professional health services (I.E. stress; substance use; stages of alcohol and drug dependency

  • 2.7. Explain roles played by different health providers around health and substance use prevention.

  • 5.2. Describe how the substance use behaviors of family and peers affects others, including interpersonal relationships.

  • 6.2. Analyze how substance use decisions are influenced by individuals , family and/or community values.

Grades 9 and 10

  • 1.2. Describe the impact of substance use on the interrelationships of mental, emotional, social and physical health throughout young adulthood.

  • 2.2. Analyze resources from home, school and community that provide valid substance abuse information

  • 2.4. Access school and community resources and services for personal or family problems, and for treating substance use disorder.

  • 6.4. Describe how use of substances is influenced by changes in information, abilities, priorities, and responsibilities.

Grades 11 and 12

  • 2.1. Evaluate resources from home, school and community that provide valid information about substance abuse prevention and treatment for self and others.

  • 3.4. Research and evaluate strategies to prevent substance abuse by individual and groups within the family, at school, at work, or in other social situations.

  • 6.1. Evaluate different strategies when making decisions related to managing stress, conflict and use of substances.

  • 7.5. Evaluate community health services and systems in place relating to substance abuse prevention and treatment and make recommendations for improving those systems and services.

Grades 6, 7, and 8 

  • The harmful effects of and legal restrictions against the use of drugs, alcoholic beverages, and tobacco

  • Prescription opioid abuse prevention, with an emphasis on the prescription drug epidemic and the connection between prescription opioid use and addiction to other drugs, such as heroin.

Grades 9, 10, 11 and 12

  • The harmful effects of and legal restrictions against the use of drugs, alcoholic beverages, and tobacco

  • Prescription opioid abuse prevention, with an emphasis on the prescription drug epidemic and the connection between prescription opioid use and addiction to other drugs, such as heroin.


Northeast US

(NH, VT, CT, MA, RI, NJ, NY, PA, ME)


360 High School

Addiction Referral Center and Hudson Youth Camp

Arlington High School

B.F. Butler Middle School

Berkshire DA STRIVE Conference

Bigelow Middle School

Brookline High School

Brookview House

Chapel Hill Chauncy Hall School

Conackamack Middle School

Daley Middle School

Delaware Valley Regional High School

Dr. An Wang Middle School

Duggan Middle School

Dunellen High School

East Bridgewater Council on Aging

East Providence High School

Eastie Coalition + Excel Academy

Edgerley Family South Boston Boys and Girls Club

F.A. Day Middle School

Fenway Health

Ferryway School

Framingham Farm Pond

Framingham Force

Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School

Hammarskjold Middle School

Hudson High School

Hunter College

Islamic Center of Boston Sunday School

J.G. Pyne Arts Middle School

James P Timilty Middle School

James S Daley Middle School

James Sullivan Middle School

Jim Gillen Teen Center

Joseph P Keefe Technical High School

Keene Middle School

Kennedy Middle School

Kickemuit Middle School

Ludlow Senior High School

Lynnfield Middle School

Malden High School

Malden Public Library

Malden YWCA

Marblehead High School

Mario Umana Middle School Academy

Marlboro Memorial Middle School

Marlboro Middle School

Massachusetts Organization for Addiction Recovery

McKinley Prep High School

Melrose Wakefield Hospital

Meridian House - North Suffolk County Mental Health Association

Middlesex Sheriff's Office

Milton High School

Monadnock Regional Middle High School

Moses Youth Center

Mt. Hope High School + Warren Prevention Coalition

Muriel S Snowden International School

New Liberty Innovation School

Newton North High School

Newton South High School

Norfolk County Agricultural School

O'Malley Middle School

Oak Hill Middle School

Piscataway High School

Quibbletown Middle School

Salem High School

Salem Prep High School

Sanborn Regional Middle School

Scituate Center for the Performing Arts

Scituate High School

Seacost High School

Sharon Middle School

Souhegan High School

Springfield College School of Social Work

Stoklosa Middle School

Succeed Boston - Boston Public Schools

The Fay School

The Park School

Theodore Schor Middle School

Voorhees High School

Watertown CARES Coalition

William H Ohrenberger 3-8 Grades School

Willis Moore Youth Center

Wilmington North Intermediate School

Winchester Public Library

ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County

Bard Early College High School (CMSD)

Bay High School

Berea High School + Ohio Guidestone

Bolton Elementary School (CMSD)

Brecksville-Broadview Heights City School District

Cleveland State University

CMSD Professional Development Center

Community Assessment and Treatment Services

Cuyahoga Community College

DEA 360

East Cleveland Public Library

East Tech High School (CMSD)

Emerson Elementary School

Fairview High School

Garret Morgan High School (CMSD)

Glenville High School (CMSD)

Greater Cleveland Aquarium

Harmon Middle School

Heartland Recovery High School

James A Garfield Middle School (CMSD)

Jane Addams Business Career Center High School (CMSD)

John Adams High School (CMSD)

John Marshall High School (CMSD)


LatinUs Theatre Company

Lewis F Mayer Middle School

Life and Purpose Behavioral Health

Lotus Clinical Research LLC

Market Square at Crocker Park

Mental Health, Addiction and Recovery Services Board of Lorain County

Middleburg Heights Hospital

MyCom Cleveland

Olmsted Falls High School

Olmsted Falls Middle School

Ranger High-Tech Academy

School of One High School (CMSD)

Shaker Heights High School

Shaker Heights Middle School

Southwest General Health Center

St. Vincent Charity Medical Center

Stella Maris, Inc.

The Centers for Families and Children

University Hospital

Urban Community School

Westshore Young Leaders

Windsor Laurelwood Center for Behavioral Medicine

Wooster High School

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