November 19 2019

Burlington Police to Participate in Reading of Play ‘Recovery’

By: Rich Hosford

Area police will be taking the stage in a unique event with the goal of spreading the word about help available to those suffering from addiction. 

The Burlington Police Department, Billerica Police Department, and Tewksbury Police Department, in collaboration as the Northeast Middlesex Police Partnership, are presenting a staged reading of Recovery.

Recovery is a new work by local playwright Anne Lucas that previously debuted off-Broadway in 2018 and was also presented for multiple shows in Boston and Marblehead’s Little Theatre. 

Recovery tells the story of addiction and recovery both from the viewpoint of the person with substance misuse but also from the viewpoint of the family. Written from the playwright’s personal experience Recovery is an opportunity to shed a light on the opioid epidemic’s ripple effects and the devastation it causes. 

Recovery features three young women entering addiction treatment and their mothers.

“While the daughters in the play are taught how to live substance free, their moms are reminded that they also need to heal, especially from the trauma of taking care of their addicted daughters,” WBUR’s Deborah Becker writes. Some of the scenes depict how both mothers and daughters live with addiction — navigating their new relationships shrouded in shame, guilt, fear and lies.

The reading will be held on December 5th at 7:30 p.m. at the Billerica Marshall Middle School at 15 Floyd Street. The public is welcome free of charge to attend the 90 minute performance and stay for a 30 minute talk-back session after the show with area officers, clinical staff, and those with lived experience. 

For more information community members may reach out to Sgt. Steve Elmore of the Billerica Police at 978-215-9682 or


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