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January 2020

Know Your Neighbor – a night of dialogue and theater

January 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Newton North High School Little Theater (457 Walnut Street), 457 Walnut Street
Newtonville, MA 02460 United States
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Thursday, January 23rd, 7 pm A Night of Dialogue and Theater: FORJ presents True Story Theater Join us for an interactive event on the evening of January 23rd with True Story Theater. This will be an enlivening follow-up event to the city wide MLK celebration. With the help of the True Story Theater, we will further explore this year’s theme of “Know Your Neighbor”. Come learn and connect as the theater troupe performs the spectrum of our lived experiences as residents of…

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February 2020

The Invisible Work of Motherhood

February 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wellesley Free Library, 530 Washington St.
Wellesley, MA 02482 United States
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free

Tuesday, Feb 4, 7-9pm Untold Stories: The Invisible Work of Motherhood A special performance just for mothers. An interactive performance of storytelling and live theater enactment for mothers: tell your story, hear another mother’s story, and then watch True Story Theater enact the journey. Deep in your soul lives a knowledge as old as time: Motherhood is real work. You mother in a culture where that knowledge has been lost. Opening talk by Dr. Kumkum Pareek Malik. Wellesley Free Library –…

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Unconventional Love

February 8 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Arlington Center for the Arts, 20 Academy Street
Arlington, MA 02474 United States
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$20

Saturday, Feb. 8, 7:30 pm (our Valentine’s Day show for 2020) Stories of Unconventional Love In partnership with Arlington Diversity Task Group You are warmly invited to come to this performance whether you are in (or seeking) a relationship that is nonconventional, conventional, or any combination! We will look at romantic love and other types of love too! Examples of stories that will be invited: primary relationships that are gender non-conforming or queer in other ways, relationships with big age…

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Open Rehearsal

February 9 @ 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Arlington home studio East Arlington, MA 02474 United States + Google Map

Come join us! We are excited to be inviting you to Open Rehearsals. Sunday, Feb. 9, 3-5:30 pm Have you always wanted to experience behind the scenes? Learn the forms? Try your hand at Playback? Here’s your chance! For much of the rehearsal you’ll be invited to join in: for warmups, being a teller, and (only if you wish) for a time on stage with members of the troupe! Watch how troupe members rehearse for upcoming gigs. Suggested donation is…

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March 2020

Layers of Belonging (Lexington)

March 7 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Cary Hall in Lexington, 1605 Massachusetts Ave.
Lexington, MA 02420 United States
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free

Layers of Belonging: Stories of Intersectionality Saturday, March 7 3:00 - 5:00pm Cary Hall, Lexington Belonging - or not? Come share and hear stories of how our multiple social identities impact whether or not we feel we belong (and how others treat us.) We will explore identities such as gender, sexuality, religion, race, disability, age. We will conclude with a wrap-up about how we can incorporate insights into our daily lives at work and elsewhere. Free event and open to…

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Open Rehearsal

March 8 @ 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Arlington home studio East Arlington, MA 02474 United States + Google Map

Come join us! We are excited to be inviting you to Open Rehearsals. Sunday, Mar. 8, 3-5:30 pm Have you always wanted to experience behind the scenes? Learn the forms? Try your hand at Playback? Here’s your chance! For much of the rehearsal you’ll be invited to join in: for warmups, being a teller, and (only if you wish) for a time on stage with members of the troupe! Watch how troupe members rehearse for upcoming gigs. Suggested donation is…

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March show – theme TBA

March 14 @ 7:30 pm - 9:15 pm
Arlington Center for the Arts, 20 Academy Street
Arlington, MA 02474 United States
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Saturday, March 14, 7:30 pm Come to our March public show - theme to be announced soon! stay tuned. Arlington Center for the Arts 20 Academy St, Arlington, 3rd fl (Accessible entry on Maple St. Then take the elevator to 3rd floor) Get discounted general admission tickets at https://truestorytheater.bpt.me Tickets available at the door: $20-general, $30-Supporter, $5+ -pay-what-you-can

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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.