Opioids crisis is backdrop to new play about Betty Ford

It’s no exaggeration to say Betty Ford changed the national conversation about addiction.

The former U.S. first lady, who died in 2011, established drug and alcohol treatment centers credited with helping generations of celebrities and ordinary Americans alike overcome addiction. She also was a leading advocate for breast cancer awareness.

Her pioneering work both inside and outside the White House has inspired Boston playwright Lisa Rafferty to create a new documentary play. “SHE DID ALL THAT — Betty Ford: Speaking Out, Saving Lives,” premieres June 28 at the Boston Playwrights’ Theatre.