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Theater for Dialogue: Racism and Housing

July 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Tuesday, July 14
7pm

Watch, listen, or share personal experiences.

A week after each Town Conversation event, you are invited to attend an online “story theatre dialogue” to reflect on the issues brought up for you from the town conversation.

REGISTER HERE

This week will follow Town Conversation on July 7 — Community Conversations: Racism and Housing
Due to broad public interest, the Town is adding another community conversation on July 7th. This session will discuss the intersection of race and housing and how past government policies created massive inequities. We will provide details of the session in the coming days. In the meantime, residents are encouraged to watch this short film, narrated by Richard Rothstein, author of “The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How our Government Segregated America,” to familiarize themselves with this topic of the next session on July 7 at 7:00 p.m.

See more about the Town of Arlington Community Conversations

You are welcome to share your own personal feelings and experiences–and fine to just watch and listen. Each person who takes a risk to share will be reflected, respectfully and creatively, by Arlington’s improvisational theater troupe, True Story Theater.  The performers will instantly embody the essence of what they heard through movement, music and drama.  The purpose of these True Story events is to help all of us in town more deeply understand each other in an honest, human way, from the heart.

Next sessions will be Tuesdays at 7pm: July 28, and Aug. 11.

More about Arlington community conversations:

“This four-part series is meant to open up the dialogue to address challenges past and present the Town of Arlington has faced, acknowledge plans for moving forward in the journey to dismantle the systemic racism that is embedded into all of the Town’s institutions, and provide an opportunity for community voices and concerns to be heard and discussed.”

Details

Date:
July 14
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Venue

Zoom video
MA United States + Google Map

Details

Date:
July 14
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Venue

Zoom video
MA United States + Google Map

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.