Bedtime Players at UMass Amherst Share Secrets of Success in New Guide

AMHERST, Mass. – For more than 25 years, the Not Ready for Bedtime Players (NRBP) peer sexuality education troupe has entertained and informed UMass Amherst students, with a forthright approach that''s made their shows a "must-see" part of campus life.

Now, the Players are teaching others to replicate their success, with a newly updated guide for schools, programs and groups.

The NRBP manual brings together information, advice and presentation-ready skits on topics including healthy sexuality, gender, relationships, violence prevention, drugs and alcohol, and more. Scripts were created by students and professionals from the university''s Health Education department; they can be used as-is or adapted to meet the needs of performers or audiences. Cost for the manual is $175, including shipping.

The NRBP formed in 1988, as part of “The AIDS Follies,” a UMass Amherst theater project about the AIDS crisis. Today, the student ensemble''s lively, thought-provoking performances are featured at new student orientation, at various sites throughout the academic year, and by request at off-campus venues. Performance schedules are online at www.umass.edu/uhs/health/getinvolved/nrbp. For more information on the NRBP training manual or scheduling a performance, call the Health Education department at University Health Services (UHS), 413/577-5181.

UHS, UMass Amherst’s fully accredited health center, offers comprehensive care, referral and education services, with a special focus on student health needs and concerns. For more information, visit www.umass.edu/uhs, or call 413/577-5000.