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A Playback performance is more than just entertainment. Audience members laugh, cry, get insights about their life, and feel an expanded sense of community. You can share a moment from your life and see it performed, or just come to watch. We perform monthly in Arlington plus additional shows around town.

Our Playback classes are friendly, informal, and intimate, an enriching experience for both newcomers and experienced actors.

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Collective Liberation (series): Playback Theater for All

February 1 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Thursday, February 1st: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Take part in a chance to explore the experience of race and identity through the lens of healing artistic embodiment. This event is the third in a 4-part series of embodied dialogue, in collaboration with True Story Theater, as part of the Collective Liberation program at Shambhala Boston.

This event is for the entire community, regardless of racial identification.

Here are links to the other events in the series:  January 13th, January 20th, February 10th


No experience, training, or performance background is needed to attend. However, we highly suggest participating in whichever of the previous programs you identify with (either PoC or White). If you are not able to a attend one of the previous groups, we ask that you have a conversation with someone who has in order to attend this program. The Shambhala organizers are happy to connect you with someone.

Collective Liberation is an exploration of how to engage our whole selves and our whole society on the path of awakening. Instead of imagining that our identities and differences simply disappear in practice community, we recognize that they are rich sources of both joy and suffering. As warriors of directness, we practice continually examining our blind spots, our confusion, our neurosis and our pain. Holding ourselves honestly in challenging conversations with gentleness and compassion is the work of Shambhala.


This program is supported in part by a grant from the Brookline Commission for the Arts, a local agency, and which is supported in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.


February 1
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Shambhala Boston
646 Brookline Ave.
Brookline, MA 02445 United States
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