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Know Your Neighbor – a night of dialogue and theater

January 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Thursday, January 23rd, 7 pm

A Night of Dialogue and Theater: FORJ presents True Story Theater

Join us for an interactive event on the evening of January 23rd with True Story Theater. This will be an enlivening follow-up event to the city wide MLK celebration. With the help of the True Story Theater, we will further explore this year’s theme of “Know Your Neighbor”. Come learn and connect as the theater troupe performs the spectrum of our lived experiences as residents of Newton. It will be an evening filled with stories that will delight and also challenge us to think more deeply about what it means to live in neighborhoods that are truly inclusive.

FORJ (Families Organizing for Racial Justice) is partnering with the Harmony Foundation and the Human Rights Commission to bring True Story Theater to Newton. Using improv, the actors will build empathy, respect, and understanding across differences by honoring true life stories. (https://truestorytheater.com/)

Time:  7pm -9pm
Where: Newton North High School Little Theater (457 Walnut Street)

Venue

Newton North High School Little Theater (457 Walnut Street)
457 Walnut Street
Newtonville, MA 02460 United States
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Venue

Newton North High School Little Theater (457 Walnut Street)
457 Walnut Street
Newtonville, MA 02460 United States
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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.