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Conversations with loved ones about death

October 25, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Wednesday, October 25
7-9pm

Talking about death: illuminated through theater
In partnership with The Conversation Project

An evening event open to the public to support important conversations about end of life issues that affect us all.

Death will touch everyone, but it’s difficult to talk about! According to a recent study, 90% of people think it’s important to talk with loved ones about their death, yet only 30% have done it.

Using storytelling theatre True Story Theater  and The Conversation Project will create a space for participants to share authentically and gain helpful perspective. Breaking through the taboo, participants not only feel less alone but leave feeling better prepared to have constructive conversations with people they love.

True Story Theater actors listen deeply to audience stories and then transform them into a theatrical performance, portraying the joys, strengths, and challenges that emerge.

Our hope is for attendees to gain empathy and understanding about their own experiences or feelings regarding death, and to inspire honest dialogue with loved ones.

First Parish in Bedford Unitarian Universalist
75 Great Rd, Bedford, MA 01730

Donations welcomed. RSVP: Amber(at)truestorytheater.org

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Bedford Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

Details

Date:
October 25, 2017
Time:
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Venue

The First Parish in Bedford
75 The Great Road
Bedford, MA 01730 United States
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Website:
http://www.uubedford.org

Details

Date:
October 25, 2017
Time:
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Venue

The First Parish in Bedford
75 The Great Road
Bedford, MA 01730 United States
+ Google Map
Website:
http://www.uubedford.org

What happens in a True Story Theater performance?  Our events bring together the delight of improvisation with the riveting vulnerability of people sharing their personal truth.

The show’s emcee (called “the conductor”) facilitates brief, spontaneous conversations with volunteers from the audience who share their own feelings and experiences related to the show’s theme.  After each conversation, the actors and musician immediately embody the key feelings and actions they heard, using movement, music, dialogue, and superb listening. All of it is improvised on the spot. During the course of a 75 minute show, True Story enacts about 6-8 stories.

From this simple interaction, audience members laugh, cry, get insights about their lives, and feel an expanded sense of community. You can share a moment from your life and see it performed, or just come to watch.

What are True Story Theater’s classes like?  We will teach you the basic of Playback Theatre, which can hone your listening skills for everyday life.  All are welcome.  Classes are supportive, informal, intimate, and fun, an enriching experience for both newcomers and experienced actors.