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September 2019

Open Rehearsal – September

September 22 @ 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Arlington home studio, Linwood St.
Arlington, MA 02474 United States
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Come join us! We are excited to be inviting you to Open Rehearsals. Sundays Sept. 22, Oct. 20 and Nov. 17 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.…

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Active Bystander workshop

September 28 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
First Church and Parish in Dedham, 670 High St.
Dedham, MA 02026 United States
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Dismantling Bias: Active Bystander Workshop Sat. Sept. 28, 1-4pm Hosted by the First Church and Parish in Dedham Please register in advance here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dismantling-bias-active-bystander-workshop-tickets-71545443347 Do you find yourself witnessing everyday bias and want to step in? Do you want to be able to stand up for someone who is being publicly harassed? Do you want to learn how to identify and fight your own biases? In our current political environment, we are all observing more instances of these and other…

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October 2019

A personal look at Whiteness (for white people)

October 5 @ 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 135 Lafayette St.
Marblehead, MA
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Saturday, Oct. 5th, 2-5:30 pm Creating beloved community: Courageous sharing about whiteness and barriers to conversations Sponsored by The Beloved Community Team of St. Andrew (of Marblehead) and St. Steven (of Lynn) Churches - A diverse group focusing on the eradication of racism & social injustice. Hosted by St. Andrew Episcopal Church 135 Lafayette St, Marblehead, MA Please register on Eventbrite to help us plan. For more information: pamelapoppe61@gmail.com We encourage participants to read White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo Participants…

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Stories of immigrant experiences

October 12 @ 7:30 pm - 9:15 pm
Arlington Center for the Arts, 20 Academy Street
Arlington, MA 02474 United States
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$20

Sat. Oct 12, 7:30-9:15 pm “The experience of immigrants in our community: An interactive story-sharing performance.” What have been the struggles and joys of people who have moved to our community from other countries? Share a story of your own experience or of a close connection of someone who has come here. It’s fine if English is not your first language.  Come to share… or just to watch and learn. All ages welcome. True Story performs improvisational theater with heart.…

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The Invisible Work of Motherhood

October 13 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wellesley Free Library, 530 Washington St.
Wellesley, MA 02482 United States
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free

Sunday, Oct. 13, 2-4pm Untold Stories: The Invisible Work of Motherhood 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. Opening talk by Dr. Kumkum Malik Wellesley Free  Library - Wakelin Room 530 Washington St, Wellesley, MA 02482 (Venue is accessible) Free event. (Next shows will be Tue. January 14th and February 4th at 7 pm) This program is supported in part by…

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Open Rehearsal – October

October 20 @ 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Arlington home studio, Linwood St.
Arlington, MA 02474 United States
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Come join us! We are excited to be inviting you to Open Rehearsals. Sundays 3-5:30 pm Oct. 20, Nov. 17, Dec. 22 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…

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November 2019

Stories of Fathers

November 9 @ 7:30 pm - 9:15 pm
Arlington Center for the Arts, 20 Academy Street
Arlington, MA 02474 United States
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$20

Saturday, Nov. 9, 7:30pm How do we ​relate to our fathers? How have fathers and father figures shaped our personal development? What is it like to be a father? ​ Let’s learn from each other as we ​share stories to ​explore ​this important and complex territory. Arlington Center for the Arts 20 Academy Street, Arlington, MA TICKETS: Get a $5 discount on general admission tickets at: https://truestorytheatershow.bpt.me Tickets available at the door: $20-general, $30-Supporter, $5+ -pay-what-you-can photo credit: mikebaird

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Open rehearsal – November

November 17 @ 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Arlington home studio, Linwood St.
Arlington, MA 02474 United States
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Come join us! We are excited to be inviting you to Open Rehearsals. Sundays 3-5:30 pm Nov. 17, Dec. 22 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…

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December 2019

Open Rehearsal – December

December 22 @ 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Arlington home studio, Linwood St.
Arlington, MA 02474 United States
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Come join us! We are excited to be inviting you to Open Rehearsals. Sunday, Dec. 22, 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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January 2020

The Invisible Work of Motherhood

January 14, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wellesley Free Library, 530 Washington St.
Wellesley, MA 02482 United States
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free

Tuesday, Jan 14, 7-9pm Untold Stories: The Invisible Work of Motherhood 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. Opening talk by Dr. Kumkum Malik Wellesley Free  Library - Wakelin Room 530 Washington St, Wellesley, MA 02482 (Venue is accessible) Free event. (event image artwork: Esther Maschio)

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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.