This year, Arlington Reads Together has chosen Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria by Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum as the community read for 2021. You are warmly invited to PLUGGED iN’s March event, to reflect on the book’s issues in a fresh creative way. (Here is a full list of related events taking place this March.)
In this collaborative workshop with True Story Theater, you will get to explore your core identities, connect to others who are both similar and different from you, and make new discoveries. In small groups, we’ll look at the identities we were born with, the identities we choose, and those placed on us by the world–identities such as race, religion, gender identity, societal role, and much more.When do your identities give you a sense of belonging–and when do they create a feeling of uncomfortable “otherness?“When have you broken through preconceptions or judgments placed on yourselfand others? Why do we take time to look at our own identities in pursuit of greater racial and social justice?
Between the small group sessions, True Story Theater will invite volunteer audience members to share their experiences and feelings. On the spot, the performers will respectfully and creatively embody the emotional essence of what is shared, using movement, music, and drama. Throughout, whether you take a risk to share or prefer to simply watch and listen, chances are you will be moved (maybe even to laughter and tears), and leave with a greater appreciation for yourself and a greater understanding of others in the wider community. Read more about True Story Theater and Playback Theatre.
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.