On Life’s Terms: The Middle Passage

Writer, Poet Nabeeh Mustafa and Producer/Director Floyd Cruse will reproduce their 2005 production of “On Life’s Terms: The Middle Passage” at The Miracles Club with four performances, March 27-March 28 and April 3-April 4. This dramatic play parallels slavery and addiction, bringing awareness about the issues of addiction and recovery and the affects it has on individuals, families and the community.

“The Middle Passage” was adapted, directed and produced by Floyd Cruse in 2005 from “On Life’s Terms” a play by Portland writer and poet Nabeeh Mustafa. “On Life’s Terms: The Middle Passage”, parallels slavery and addiction. The Middle Passage is the Atlantic slave trade, the triangular route from Europe to Africa to the New World. This play tells the realistic and powerful stories of people who have taken the journey or middle passage from drugs and alcohol to recovery. This play highlights the affect addiction and recovery has on us all, bringing awareness about the challenges and struggles individuals, families, and communities face. It also emphasizes the important role and influence, individuals and organizations can have in supporting recovery.

Miracles Club was established in 1992 by African Americans so that all people in recovery in North/Northeast Portland would have a sanctuary where they could maintain their sobriety with culturally specific support and encouragement. A nonprofit 501c3 organization, credentialed by AMH to provide multi-cultural peer delivered trainings, has operated with an all volunteer team, offering a variety of clean and sober social activities and educational forums, which has provided community outreach to more than 15,000 individuals and families since its inception. Miracles also conducts thousands of hours of peer services, health presentations, statewide summits and facilitates 23 twelve-step meetings per week to the people it serves. Currently Miracles is seeking additional funding to expand programming and services.

The play will be shown during two weekends Fri-Sat March 27-28 and Aril 3-4. All showings start at 7:00 at Miracles Club, 4069 NE M L King Blvd, Portland, 97212. Tickets can purchased at Elevated Coffee, Christopher’s, Geneva’s, One Stop Record, Reflections, and Miracles Club.