This is the story of several people's battle with drug and alcohol abuse. Using an ensemble of four actors in a series of short scenes, Galbraith brings well over a dozen vivid and all too realistic characters to the stage. Each scene has a power and statement all its own, with action ranging from intimate to frightening. As a full evening of theatre, nothing could come as close to showing the complexity and immensity of the problem of drug abuse than A Balancing Act. Perfect for parents, teachers, and students to see together, and can easily inspire topical discussion. Scenes can also be separated and performed individually. Prior to publication, this play was seen by thousands of students and received a successful run at River Arts Repertory in Woodstock, NY. A comprehensive Study Guide is available and can be used to help teachers and counselors through the discussion process following the show. Contains questions which correspond with each scene as starters for discussion, the latest statistics on drug abuse and role-playing exercises.