The Project AWARE Players are a teen theater group that has reached thousands of people by creating and presenting powerful performances addressing issues of concern to young people. The troupe has taken the lead in creating the movie “Falling” (see the promo here) which raises awareness about youth prescription drug abuse. In addition to acting in the film, the Players wrote the script and directed the production. The movie premiered to an audience of over 300 people at City Theater in Biddeford, Maine in February 2007. The DVD is available for educational use in schools and other community venues.
The DVD “Falling” has been widely distributed and has been used in a variety of settings including classrooms, assemblies and community presentations. Here is what people have to say:
“Powerful message – powerful process. Well done and cause for conversation.”
“Students were stunned that ‘no one saw it’ (the prescription drug abuse) when it seemed so obvious to them …it helped hone their desire to care more about their fellow students and peers.”
“The students became more aware of the dangers of prescription drug abuse.”
“It is well produced and provides a realistic look at how easy it is to become addicted to prescription drugs.”
“I have watched that very thing happen to many people.”
“Showed it to high school … they loved it, generated great discussion and even confusion about why no one cared enough to address the issue more strongly.”