Rehearsal photo from "Anytown"

Rehearsal photo from "Anytown"

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.

Available starting September 2018

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.