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Disability rights activism – Arlington MA Reads Together

March 15, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The performance is inspired by this year’s Arlington (Mass.) Reads Together book: Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist.

Come to just watch, or to share your thoughts, feelings and experiences around disability activism and/or your thoughts on reading the book. Laugh, cry, and gain insights as True Story’s actors and musicians empathetically embody whatever is shared.

Admission is free.  All are welcome.

Attendees will be encouraged to wear masks and chairs will be socially distanced.  Some masks available at the entrance to the room.

Please register asap by clicking here.

This is part of a Robbins Library “Plug-in” series, supported by the Barry Memorial Fund.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Arlington Commission for Arts and Culture (ACAC), a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

Details

Date:
March 15, 2023
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Venue

Robbins Library: Community Room (lower level)
700 Mass Ave.
Arlington, MA 02476 United States
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Details

Date:
March 15, 2023
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Venue

Robbins Library: Community Room (lower level)
700 Mass Ave.
Arlington, MA 02476 United States
+ Google Map

What happens in a True Story Theater performance?  Our events bring together the delight of improvisation with the courageous 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 feel validated, 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 basics 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.