Opioid crisis fuels new play by Berkshires native Patrick Toole

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GREAT BARRINGTON — "You Are Not Alone," a new play about addiction, recovery, and the opioid crisis by Patrick Toole, will be performed March 28-April 6 at the Universalist Unitarian Meeting of Southern Berkshire, 1089 Main St. in Housatonic.

Performances are scheduled 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Toole, a Berkshires native and co-founder of Emergent Ensemble, will direct a cast of nine that includes himself, Gregory Boover, Maizy Broderick Scarpa, Brittany Nicholson, Glenn Barrett, Christopher Brophy, Sally McCarthy, Adam Boshe, and Ashley Yang Thompson.

Catherine Schane-Lydon is music director, and Anna Masiero is choreographer.

"You Are Not Alone" depicts the modern day problems of a group of people recovering from drug addiction. It follows George and Sydney, two people in early recovery from heroin addiction as the two get to know each other and become romantically intertwined. Members of the community around them include the mother of an addict, an active amphetamine user, and a group of homeless people.

Toole and Broderick Scarpa founded Emergent Ensemble in 2015 with their off-beat production of Annie Baker's "The Aliens" in a tunnel in Housatonic next to the train tracks. Their goal as artists has been "to create theater that is accessible to all in our community, both monetarily and in terms of subject matter, that illuminates and bolsters the community as a whole."

Admission is free with a suggested donation of $15. Reservations can be made by calling 413-213-2424.

Additional information about Emergent Ensemble is available online at facebook.com/emergentensemble.

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