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Latest Past Events

Stories of people with invisible disabilities or neurodivergence

Arlington Community Center 27 Maple St Arlington, MA 02476, Arlington

Within our unique selves, how do we face our limitations…and discover new strengths?  When we deal with people’s reactions to disabilities or neurodiversity,  how do we handle painful ignorance (including our own)…or welcome kindness?  Let’s learn from each others’ stories. Come to just watch, or to share your thoughts, feelings and experiences around invisible disabilities […]

50 years of Women Explore

Arlington Center for the Arts 20 Academy Street, Arlington

All are invited to this public show. True Story Theater is helping WomenExplore celebrate their 50 years of thought-provoking lectures covering themes of social justice, equality, feminism, spirituality, and preservation of our precious earth. Thursday May 4, 11:30-1pm ET Arlington Center for the Arts 20 Academy St., 3rd fl., Arlington MA Tickets at door. Suggested […]

Reaching across political differences

Zoom video MA

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 […]

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.