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A new musical about opioid abuse and its impact on teens and families

Book by Jim Jack
Music and lyrics by Anna K. Jacobs
Directed by Portia Krieger

Running time: 60 minutes, including a post-play discussion
Appropriate for upper middle school, high school, and parent audiences

Star athlete Hope Baker sports a 4.0 GPA and limitless potential. But when a boy she likes offers her one little pill to reduce the pain from a soccer injury, Hope makes a decision that rapidly transforms her dreams into an escalating nightmare.  With her future at stake, will Hope get the help she needs before opioids destroy everything she cares about?

Based on interviews with families struggling with the disease of addiction, opioid prevention experts, law enforcement officials, and educators, this original musical will empower audiences with the knowledge to make positive decisions to avoid substance abuse. Anytown was developed in partnership with the Horizon Foundation for New Jersey and RWJBarnabas Health in response to the devastating impact prescription opioid misuse, heroin, and fentanyl have had on communities throughout New Jersey.  Key research and feedback during the development of this musical was provided by RWJBarnabas Health’s Institute for Prevention and Recovery and New Jersey Partnership for a Drug-Free America.

NOW BOOKING FOR 2018/2019 SCHOOL YEAR!

The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey and RWJBarnabas Health are the state-wide sponsors of Anytown and provide need-based funding for this program to schools that are able to demonstrate financial need. Please call (732) 846-2895 x117 or email education@georgestplayhouse.org to request a sponsorship application. 

Educator Resources

Addiction, Students & the Family [pdf]
Bringing Recovery To Light  [pdf]

Music Video: Matt Butler: Just One 
presented and provided by RWJBarnabas Health Institute for Prevention and Recovery

ANYTOWN in the News

Video: Attorney General Gurbir Grewal Announces Decrease in Opioid Prescriptions at Anytown Premiere
Fios1 News: NJ attorney general: Drug overdose deaths on the rise, opioid prescriptions are down
NJ 101.5: NJ Conference takes on opiod crisis
NJTV News: ‘Anytown’ is a touring musical with a mission

Performance and Logistic Information

Show Information: Star athlete, brilliant student, and driven to succeed, Hope sports a 4.2 grade point average and limitless potential. But when a boy she likes offers her one little pill to reduce the pain from a soccer injury, Hope makes a decision that rapidly transforms her dreams into an escalating nightmare. With her future at stake, will Hope be able to confront her opioid abuse and stop feeding the monster that seeks to destroy everything she cares about?

Based upon actual stories from towns throughout New Jersey, Anytown focuses on the consequences of opioid abuse and its impact on teens and families.

Anytown is appropriate for grades 7-12.

George Street Playhouse’s presentation of Anytown is supported by RWJBarnabas Health and The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey.

Logistic Information:What do I need to have Anytown come to my school?

  • 25’ x 25’ of performance space with an electrical outlet. This can be a gym, stage, etc, but must be 25’ x 25’.
  • We arrive 2 hours prior to the performance to set up and need 90 minutes to break down after the performance. 
  • The performance, including the post-play discussion with the students, is 65 minutes. 
  • Each performance is limited to 300 students. We can do 2 performances in one day to accommodate larger schools. If doing 2 performances in one day, we need at least 45 minutes in between performances to reset the stage.