Theater for the Soul Series
Healing Communities through the Art of Performing
THE MATTHEW RISING PROJECT
A CAUTIONARY TALE ABOUT TEENS EXPERIMENTING, THE DARK WEB, LOSS AND THE IMPACT OF THE OPIOID CRISIS ON FAMILY
A Response to the Opioid Crisis in Connecticut
The Matthew Rising Project started as a fictional, yet painfully realistic story developed in response to the escalating opioid epidemic in Connecticut and beyond. In 2019, award-winning playwright, Sharece M. Sellem, found herself carrying out an informal style opioid education curriculum with residents in public housing facilities once a week for six weeks which led up to a Naloxone training for the residents. She began to think of ways to reach populations that can be easily exposed and exploited. She thought about:
Families in poverty.
Families who’ve experienced significant trauma(s).
Families who don’t have time to process grief and loss.
This project is a play, a film of the play, a community discussion, and interactive workshop(s). To learn more about the project, please download the information packet. Pricing sheet sent upon request.