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March 2020

Playback Class

March 3 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Arlington home studio East Arlington, MA 02474 United States + Google Map

Whether you’re trying improvisation for the first time or are experienced in Playback forms, these classes will be a fun and delightful way to connect with others, listen more skillfully, develop spontaneity, and experience playback in an intimate, honest, and safe environment. Attend any number of classes and any of the dates, let us know in the registration form when you can join us. Logistics: All classes will be held at True Story studio loft 21 Linwood St, Arlington MA,…

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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 - 5 pm 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…

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Open Rehearsal -please RSVP

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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Playback Class

March 10 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Arlington home studio East Arlington, MA 02474 United States + Google Map

Whether you’re trying improvisation for the first time or are experienced in Playback forms, these classes will be a fun and delightful way to connect with others, listen more skillfully, develop spontaneity, and experience playback in an intimate, honest, and safe environment. Attend any number of classes and any of the dates, let us know in the registration form when you can join us. Logistics: All classes will be held at True Story studio loft 21 Linwood St, Arlington MA,…

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Money between friends

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 Money between friends: stories of building relationships across class differences 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 * This event is part of “The Listening Project: Strengthening civic dialogue through storytelling theatre” which is supported in part by the National Endowment for the…

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Playback Class

March 17 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Arlington home studio East Arlington, MA 02474 United States + Google Map

Whether you’re trying improvisation for the first time or are experienced in Playback forms, these classes will be a fun and delightful way to connect with others, listen more skillfully, develop spontaneity, and experience playback in an intimate, honest, and safe environment. Attend any number of classes and any of the dates, let us know in the registration form when you can join us. Logistics: All classes will be held at True Story studio loft 21 Linwood St, Arlington MA,…

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April 2020

Playback Class

April 2 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Arlington home studio East Arlington, MA 02474 United States + Google Map

Whether you’re trying improvisation for the first time or are experienced in Playback forms, these classes will be a fun and delightful way to connect with others, listen more skillfully, develop spontaneity, and experience playback in an intimate, honest, and safe environment. Attend any number of classes and any of the dates, let us know in the registration form when you can join us. Logistics: All classes will be held at True Story studio loft 21 Linwood St, Arlington MA,…

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Creativity in the face of Climate Crisis

April 11 @ 7:30 pm - 9:15 pm
Arlington Center for the Arts, 20 Academy Street
Arlington, MA 02474 United States
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Saturday, April 11, 7:30 pm Necessity is the mother of invention. Let's explore creative ways to engage in climate activism. 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 *This event is part of “The Listening Project: Strengthening civic dialogue through storytelling theatre” which is supported in part by the…

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Stories of Resilience and Support – West Springfield

April 18 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
West Springfield High School – Little Theater, 425 Piper Rd.
West Springfield, MA 01089 United States
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Saturday, April 18th 2-4 pm Performance "Stories of Resilience and Support" 4-6 pm Playback Theater Workshop (no experience needed) Come and explore stories of how we support each other during challenging times, especially for high school youth and families affected by substance use, people in recovery and their loved ones. Audience volunteers are guided to spontaneously share moments from their lives related to the theme. Instantly, performers will capture in music, movement, and dialogue the emotional essence of what is…

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May 2020

Playback Class

May 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Arlington home studio East Arlington, MA 02474 United States + Google Map

Whether you’re trying improvisation for the first time or are experienced in Playback forms, these classes will be a fun and delightful way to connect with others, listen more skillfully, develop spontaneity, and experience playback in an intimate, honest, and safe environment. Attend any number of classes and any of the dates, let us know in the registration form when you can join us. Logistics: All classes will be held at True Story studio loft 21 Linwood St, Arlington MA,…

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June 2020

Fundraiser and house party 2020

June 3 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Elaine Shea’s home in Arlington, 9 Lincoln St.
Arlington, MA 02474 United States
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Save the date: Tuesday, June 3rd 6:30 pm True Story Theater's Fundraiser and Houseparty in Arlington We hope you can make it! More info coming soon.

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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.