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July 2020

“Stories of Creativity and Activism” – Zoom performance

July 11 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Zoom video MA United States + Google Map

Saturday, July 11, 2 pm - 3:30 pm Together we will explore creativity during this summer of the pandemic. How do we overcome inner and outer barriers and discover fresh creative juices--as artists? as activists? If you are a returning audience member, come prepared to view-- or play with True Story actors in some new ways. To attend, please register in advance. Event suggested donation:  $5 - $30 pay-what-you-can.  

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Online Playback Theatre class for kids

July 12 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Zoom video MA United States + Google Map

Sunday, July 12 and/or Wednesday July 15 11- 12pm Register here One-hour playful improvisational theatre workshops for any and every child (ages 6-11) Just for kids! Try something new and creative that increases trust, spontaneity, listening abilities, empathy, acting skills, and playfulness! Be introduced the basic rules of improv Learn how to share real-life stories Practice and build empathy from other student's perspectives through listening and acting out Playback scenes Become more comfortable in speaking up and performing Experience the creative…

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Theater for Dialogue: Racism and Housing

July 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Zoom video MA United States + Google Map

Tuesday, July 14 7pm Watch, listen, or share personal experiences. A week after each Town Conversation event, you are invited to attend an online “story theatre dialogue” to reflect on the issues brought up for you from the town conversation. REGISTER HERE This week will follow Town Conversation on July 7 -- Community Conversations: Racism and Housing Due to broad public interest, the Town is adding another community conversation on July 7th. This session will discuss the intersection of race and…

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Online Playback Theatre Class for Kids

July 15 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Zoom video MA United States + Google Map

Wednesday July 15 (also offered Sunday, July 12) 11- 12pm Register here One-hour playful improvisational theatre workshops for any and every child (ages 6-11) Just for kids! Try something new and creative that increases trust, spontaneity, listening abilities, empathy, acting skills, and playfulness! Be introduced the basic rules of improv Learn how to share real-life stories Practice and build empathy from other student's perspectives through listening and acting out Playback scenes Become more comfortable in speaking up and performing Experience…

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From Ordinary to Extraordinary – Our stories of COVID 19 – FOR FAMILIES

July 18 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Zoom video MA United States + Google Map

Saturday, July 18 10:30 am - 12:00 pm A special performance geared towards families with kids! Hop on zoom together to share your stories of what this time has been has been like for you. REGISTER HERE We’ve got new stories to tell and to hear: stories that connect us in new and extraordinary ways to ourselves and to each other across generations. Our trained team of actors will listen to and reflect your experiences—your challenges, hopes, surprises, gratitude, and…

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Open Rehearsal – July

July 19 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Sunday, July 19 - on ZOOM 3-4:30 pm Join True Story for an Open Rehearsal hosted on Zoom video. Facilitated by Christopher Ellinger. Please RSVP to Amber@TrueStoryTheater.org for the link to join us. Have you always wanted to experience behind the scenes? Learn the forms? Try your hand at Playback? Here’s your chance. For the time being our rehearsals are online using zoom video conferencing. For much of the rehearsal you’ll be invited to join in: for warmups, being a teller,…

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Theater for dialogue: Racism and Reforms

July 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Zoom video MA United States + Google Map

Tuesday, July 28 7pm REGISTER HERE Watch, listen, or share personal experiences. A week after each Town Conversation event, you are invited to attend an online “story theatre dialogue” to reflect on the issues brought up for you from the town conversation. This evening's performance will be follow after two town conversations: Tues. July 21st at 7pm- "Elevating Suppressed Voices" Mon. July 27th at 7pm  - VISIONS, Inc. Diversity/Equity/Inclusion Climate Assessment of Arlington Police Department. (Originally scheduled for July 7th.) See…

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August 2020

Theater for dialogue

August 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Zoom video MA United States + Google Map

Tuesday, Aug 11 7pm Watch, listen, or share personal experiences. A week after each Town Conversation event, you are invited to attend an online “story theatre dialogue” to reflect on the issues brought up for you from the town conversation. REGISTER HERE This theater for dialogue session will follow “Closing the Circle- Acknowledgment & Apology" on August 4. See more about the Town of Arlington Community Conversations You are welcome to share your own personal feelings and experiences–and fine to…

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Open Rehearsal – August

August 16 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Sunday, August 16 3-4:30 pm Join True Story for an Open Rehearsal. Facilitated by Christopher Ellinger. Please RSVP to Amber@TrueStoryTheater.org. 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…

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September 2020

Fundraiser 2020

September 21 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Elaine Shea’s home in Arlington, 9 Lincoln St.
Arlington, MA 02474 United States
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TRUE STORY THEATER’S FUNDRAISER & HOUSE PARTY Note: Please save the date - if needed, this event will be hosted virtually for community safety precautions and an in-person event will happen when safe to do so*  Monday, September 21, 2020 6:30-9:30 pm (if in-person) at Elaine Shea’s home, 9 Lincoln St. Arlington MA 6:30 - 8:00 pm (if virtual gathering) on Zoom Support our 19th season of bringing theater of empathy to greater Boston. Suggested Donation levels: $25, $50, $100,…

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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.