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THIS IS TREATMENT

Grace, a Black woman in recovery, is given a debilitating task: give a speech at Recovery Day on the steps of City Hall in front of hundreds of people, from politicians to people in early recovery, about her recovery journey and the question,  “How did I get here?”
In search of her “How?” and with a deep fear that she has nothing to offer anyone,  Grace opens up the old journals she hasn’t looked at since treatment, hoping that if she, “traces her past, she will see an outline” and a map of her “How?” will appear.


This is Treatment is the story of Grace in treatment for substance use disorder and highlights the stories of Black and Brown women and their personal journeys as they navigate addiction, treatment and recovery.  Composer/Writer Elizabeth Addison began working on This is Treatment in February of 2013, when she was just nine months into her recovery. And though she had never written a play or a song before, the small voice inside her told her that it was time to say “yes” to the childhood dream she had since she was 13: to write a musical inspired by her own life. Over the last nine years, Elizabeth has written and self-produced several iterations of the show, and it has been seen all over Massachusetts and New York. 

This is Treatment isn't a lament - it's a celebration! The musical builds bridges, heals communities, gives voice to those who often go unseen and unheard, and challenges us to investigate our own understanding of substance use disorder and who has the right to recover. This beautifully thought provoking musical also helps us understand a powerful truth - that sometimes for us to go forward, we must first go back.

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CURRENT PRODUCTION - SPRING 2022

The Department of Theatre at Northeastern University invites you to a performance of This is Treatment from March 31st to April 10th, at their Boston campus!

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Elizabeth Addison co-directs this production with Meghann Perry, a Recovery Coach Professional and Theatre Educator. Striving to make this production more than just a show, Elizabeth and Meghann have also created an extensive Community Engagement schedule with the help of Erin Solomon, Community Engagement Coordinator at Northeastern.

 

Before and after performances, audiences are invited to conversations led by community members and experts. These conversations are meant to educate, continue the healing process, and unpack issues surrounding substance misuse, mental health, recovery, and other themes within the musical.

 

This production is likely to sell out quickly, so choose your dates and get your tickets soon!

Performance and Community Engagement Schedule:

Thursday March 31st 7:30pm performance – followed by Drama Therapy Workshop with Ana Bess Moyer Bell of 2nd Act – Located in the Studio Theatre

Friday April 1st – 8pm performance – followed by Panel with the This is Treatment Creative Team and Members of the Cast – Located in the Studio Theatre

Saturday April 2nd – 8pm performance – followed by a Conversation with Maurice Emmanuel Parent of Front Porch Arts Collective on the Artists of Color in the Boston Arts Community – Located in the Studio Theatre

Sunday April 3rd – 2pm performance – followed by a Community Conversation with Maggie Young, Chief Recovery Officer of Liberation Programs, Inc., and Recovery Community Members – Located in the Center for Intercultural Engagement in the Curry Student Center (on the first floor, directly across the indoor quad from the Studio Theatre)

Monday April 4th – no performance or post-show conversation

Tuesday April 5th – 7:30pm performance – no post-show conversation

Wednesday April 6th – 7:30pm performance – followed by a Panel with Alisa LincolnDani Snyder-Young, and Rebekah Moore about Bouve’s Institute of Health Equity and Social Justice Research, its purpose, and how it connects to This is Treatment – Located in the Studio Theatre

Thursday April 7th – 7:30pm performance – followed by a Conversation with Nieisha Deed of PureSpark focused on Identifying Intersecting Identities and Experiences as they relate to This is Treatment – Located in the Studio Theatre

Friday April 8th – 8pm performance – followed by a panel of diverse Recovery Coaches focusing on Diversity and Cultural Responsivity in Recovery Coaching, with Paul AlvesWindia RodriguezDaisy Hernandez, and Karran Larson – Located in the Studio Theatre

Saturday April 9th – 8pm performance – no post-show conversation

Sunday April 10th – 2pm performance – followed by a Community Conversation with Dr. Haner Hernández and members of the Mission Hill & Roxbury Communities – Located in the Center for Intercultural Engagement in the Curry Student Center (on the first floor, directly across the indoor quad from the Studio Theatre)

Performances will take place at the Studio Theatre in the Curry Student Center at 360 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA.

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  About Northeastern University  

Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a top-tier global research university and the recognized leader in experiential learning, anchored in the world’s largest and most innovative cooperative education program. We integrate classroom studies with opportunities for professional work, research, service, and global learning in 128 countries. The university’s use-inspired research enterprise is strategically aligned with three global imperatives: health, security, and sustainability. Northeastern offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs leading to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools, and select degrees at regional campuses in CharlotteSeattleBay Area, and Toronto.