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July 2022

Stories of Invisible Disabilities

July 14 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Arlington Community Center, 20 Academy Street/27 Maple Street
Arlington, MA 02476 United States
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Thursday, July 14th, 6:00 -7:30pm Arlington Community Center, Main Hall 20 Academy Street/27 Maple Street ALL WELCOME, In-Person* (masks encouraged) To attend in-person, please RSVP: E-mail or call Shannon Murphy, COA program coordinator: 781-316-3404 *Online is available too, register here for the zoom link Come to a free performance of Arlington’s improv ensemble, True Story Theater, which is offering “Stories of people living with invisible disabilities.” If you live with a disability we hope you come and feel connected…

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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.