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Reaching across political differences

April 22, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

When your friends, family members, or colleagues hold different political views from yours, what holds you back from opening up dialogue?   If you’ve had positive experiences reaching across political differences, what has helped your experience be constructive?  Using Playback Theatre, we’ll share stories and learn from each other.  All perspectives and feelings are welcomed and respected.

Does your work involve bridge-building across differences?  Come get a taste of how this form of spontaneous, embodied empathy, practiced by Playback Theatre companies around the world, can help people hear each other in fresh, effective ways.

See this short video clip from a previous show

This event is part of two national, online series in April 2023:
National Week of Conversation:  Events by dozens of organizations  that are helping to build bridges.
Playback North America’s Performance Festival:  Shows by 12 Playback Theatre companies across the US and Canada.

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Details

Date:
April 22, 2023
Time:
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Venue

Zoom video
MA United States + Google Map

Details

Date:
April 22, 2023
Time:
6:00 pm - 7:30 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 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.