My pet dragon

A Broadway-style musical about a girl struggling with addiction may seem like an unlikely hit, but My pet dragon, presented in Dallas on November 11, will make you laugh, cry and sing. Spoiler alert: the girl in the story “kills” her addiction before the final curtain.

My pet dragon was the graduation project of Maggie Moe, who completed Tisch’s musical theater writing program at New York University. A few of his teachers were so taken with his work that they supported him and aim to see him debut on Broadway. Moe uses the metaphors of a girl and a dragon to share aspects of her own story – she became addicted to prescription painkillers while battling a chronic illness. She’s been sober for six years.

Moe’s addiction story is much like that of thousands of other young people in America. More than 20 million people ages 12 and older reported having a substance abuse disorder in 2019, and only 10% of them were receiving care, according to the U.S. Department of Health’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration. and social services. Nearly 108,000 people died of drug overdoses in America in 2021, a 50% jump from 2019 according to the CDC.

My pet dragon will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on November 11 at the Dee and Charles Wyly Studio Theater. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online herewith 100% of sales going to CARE-Dallas. CARE provides education and awareness about substance abuse disorders and serves as a resource for individuals and families struggling with substance abuse in North Dallas.