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Latest Past Events

Calvary Church – visions of community

Calvary Church 300 Mass. Ave., Arlington

Do you miss seeing True Story Theater in person?  You are warmly invited to attend the show we're doing for the attendees of Calvary Church in Arlington--upstairs in the Fellowship Hall.  It's a rare treat nowadays for us to do an in-person show, much less one that's open to the public! We'll be inviting church […]

Building bridges across ideological differences

Zoom video MA

When friends, family members, or colleagues hold different political views from ours, what holds us back from opening up dialogue?   For those of us who have had good experiences with this, what has helped?  Using Playback Theatre, we'll learn from each other.  All perspectives and feelings are welcomed and respected. Does your work involve bridge-building […]

Active Bystander workshop

Zoom video MA

Active Bystander Intervention Skills * Free Public Workshop * Sunday, January 15, 2023, 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm ET * online-on Zoom Most appropriate for ages 13 to adult To commemorate the work and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, we offer this public workshop as an action you can take to observe Hopkinton’s MLK Giving […]

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.