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April 2020

Live video Playback Theatre class – with Jason

April 2 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Zoom video MA United States + Google Map

Try a Playback Theatre class on Zoom video! Offered Mondays 11 am – 12:30 pm with Jason and troupe members During this time of collective safety through physical distancing, we are experimenting with hosting classes online. Please RSVP to Amber(at)TrueStoryTheater.org if you are interested and we will send you the link to join! 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,…

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Live video Playback Theatre class – Mondays

April 6 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Zoom video MA United States + Google Map

Try a Playback Theatre class on Zoom video! Offered Mondays 11 am - 12:30 pm with Amber and troupe members During this time of collective safety through physical distancing, we are experimenting with hosting classes online. Please RSVP to Amber(at)TrueStoryTheater.org if you are interested and we will send you the link to join! 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,…

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Live Video performance: Resilience and Creativity in Uncertain Times

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

Saturday, April 11, 2pm-3:30pm - On Zoom video conference Necessity is the mother of invention. Let's explore creative ways to engage in these uncertain times, including our climate activism. In partnership with Sustainable Arlington The event will take place online via Zoom! For anyone who is not familiar with the Zoom platform, we will do an intro to get you settled with the basic controls to support the success of the event (muting/unmuting your audio, turning on/off your video, and…

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POSTPONED – Stories of Resilience and Support – West Springfield

April 18 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
West Springfield High School – Mini 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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Exploring hot and challenging issues in the community

May 9 @ 7:30 pm - 9:45 pm
Arlington Center for the Arts, 20 Academy Street
Arlington, MA 02474 United States
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True Story Theater actors will dramatize what we're hearing or some of what's up in our community, such as: How do we address climate change?  How to reduce stigma for people grappling with opioids and other substance addictions?  How to support greater diversity and inclusion in our schools and community?  How to improve relationships between citizens and police?  After the show, we'll have a talkback with many community partners for the two-year "Listening Project" funded in part by the NEA…

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Open Rehearsal – May

May 31 @ 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Arlington home studio East Arlington, MA 02474 United States + Google Map

Come join us for an Open Rehearsal Sunday, May 31 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 $5-10 (and/or some food to share…

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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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TRUE STORY THEATER’S FUNDRAISER & HOUSE PARTY Wednesday, June 3, 2020, drop by any time between 6:30-9:30 pm Elaine Shea’s home, 9 Lincoln St. Arlington MA Support our 19th season of bringing theater of empathy to greater Boston. Enjoy a house and garden gathering and fabulous collaborative funding at the beautiful Arlington home of Elaine Shea. Suggested Donation levels: $25, $50, $100, $250+ We invite you to contribute at the highest level that works for you. We are super grateful…

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Stories of Creativity

June 13 @ 7:30 pm - 9:15 pm
Arlington Center for the Arts, 20 Academy Street
Arlington, MA 02474 United States
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How do we acknowledge and overcome our creative blocks and discover fresh creative juices?  We'll be excited to show you Playback Theatre in ways we've never done in public shows before. 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.