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Sunday, February 17, 2019

ACADEMY OF MUSIC THEATRE PRESENTS (IN)DEPENDENT: THE HEROIN PROJECT


WHAT: (In)Dependent: The Heroin Project
WHEN: Friday, March 22, 2019 at 7:30 pm // Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 7:30pm // Doors at 7:00pm
WHERE: The Academy of Music Theatre, 274 Main St, Northampton, MA

Northampton, MA – The Academy of Music is proud to present (In)Dependent: The Heroin Project, a new play by Kent State University students Emelia Sherin and Zach Manthey, directed by Linda McInerney (Eggtooth Productions) on March 22 and 23, 2019 at 7:30pm.

The drama is based on interviews with people who use heroin, counselors, and family members. It exposes the reality of the heroin crisis, and captures the physical, mental, and emotional issues that people who have experienced opioid use disorder, friends, families, nurses, policemen, and children undergo from primary and secondary interaction with heroin.

The Academy of Music Theatre has partnered with Hampshire HOPE (a multi-sector opioid coalition based out of the Northampton Health Department) and the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office on this project to raise awareness about opioid use disorder, reduce stigma, and elevate the voices of those who are oppressed; to provide a deeper, more meaningful community engagement process which allows us to better understand the experiences of those impacted by opioid use disorder.  Performance evenings will begin with readings of the work that came out of the creative writing sessions led by Hampshire HOPE, where those affected by opioids, including friends and family of users, people in recovery and people actively using, wrote on the toll opioid use has taken on their lives. Select writing from these workshops will also be compiled into a FREE chapbook, along with the drawings of Marvel Comic, Marcus McLaurin, who has designed original artwork for this production.  They will be handed out at the performances and around the community.  The Academy has also given out over 200 free tickets to recovery centers in the area.

Tickets are available now. Tickets can be purchased by calling or visiting the Academy of Music Box Office.  We are open Tuesday- Friday 3:00PM-6:00PM and can be reached at 413-584-9032 ext.105.  Tickets can also be purchased online by visiting www.aomtheatre.com.

Ticket Prices:
$10-20 (plus applicable fees)
Where/ How Tickets Can be Purchased: 
Academy of Music Box Office Open Tuesday- Friday 3:00PM-6:00PM
Call: 413-584-9032 ext.105 (Service fees will apply with purchase)

Visit www.aomtheatre.com for online ticket purchases.

PRESS INQUIRIES 
Emily Curro, Development and Marketing Manager
ecurro@aomtheatre.com
413-584-9032 ext.101

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