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Workshop: Constructive Conversations Across Political Differences

April 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

- $15 – $30

An interactive workshop led by Christopher Ellinger, Executive Director of True Story, Inc., as part of the National Week of Conversation

DESCRIPTION

Political differences can damage relationships—but it doesn’t have to be this way. How do we maintain or rebuild respect with family, friends, and colleagues who hold very different views from ours?

Join this interactive workshop to learn useful models for engaging in difficult conversations. In a safe space, we’ll go over a variety of scenarios and practice effective skills for these encounters. Topics will include why rapport might be broken and how to build it back up, how to defuse tension and change the tone, and how to identify and avoid trigger words.

We’ll also talk about moral foundations and how they can differ between political parties, and learn about groups that are working to repair relationships across the political divide.

This event is open to everyone and all are welcome.

Tickets: $15 General Admission

$5-$30 Donation (Give-what-you-can)

Free (Guest) option available (Not able to pay? Contact us for a discount code.)

We welcome and appreciate your donations.

REGISTER ON EVENTBRITE >HERE<

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We invite members of the #ListenFirst Coalition to explore how Playback Theatre could amplify the emotional effectiveness of your work, contact Christopher Ellinger: christopher(at)truestorytheater.org.

​In addition to the workshop above, please check out this True Story Theater interactive, improvisational theater performance!

Reaching Across Ideological Differences: Why Try and What You Might Gain

Saturday, April 30, 5:00-6:30 pm EDT

Description and tickets >HERE<

Both events are part of America Talks and the National Week of Conversation.

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​This performance is co-sponsored by True Story Theater and Playback North America (PNA). True Story Theater is a member of PNA, a support network for 60+ community theater companies across the US and Canada that practice a powerful form of improvised, embodied empathy called Playback Theatre.

Details

Date:
April 28
Time:
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cost:
$15 – $30
Website:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/302434699327

Organizer

True Story Theater

Venue

Zoom video
MA United States + Google Map

Details

Date:
April 28
Time:
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cost:
$15 – $30
Website:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/302434699327

Organizer

True Story Theater

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.