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What’s Happening, People?

Zoom video MA

In this interactive performance, True Story Theater will bring to life personal stories about how we live our lives, from macro to micro. DESCRIPTION What a time we are living in. Spring is finally here in the Northern Hemisphere, and although the pandemic is still surging in some places around the globe, the endemic phase […]

$15 – $30

Workshop: Constructive Conversations Across Political Differences

Zoom video MA

An interactive workshop led by Christopher Ellinger, Executive Director of True Story, Inc., as part of the National Week of Conversation DESCRIPTION Political differences can damage relationships—but it doesn't have to be this way. How do we maintain or rebuild respect with family, friends, and colleagues who hold very different views from ours? Join this […]

$15 – $30

Reaching Across Ideological Differences: Why Try and What You Might Gain

Zoom video MA

An interactive, improvisational theater performance with True Story Theater, as part of America Talks and the National Week of Conversation DESCRIPTION Have you ever tried to talk with someone you care about whose views are clearly different from yours... say, about COVID vaccinations, or whom to vote for, or abortion, or which news sources to […]

$15 – $30

Stories of Youth with Disabilities

Zoom video MA

A public forum open to all.  NO CHARGE, thanks to our sponsors! Please REGISTER in advance to receive the Zoom link. We welcome and appreciate your donations to True Story Theater.  Choose Donation Ticket (give what you can) if you would like to contribute - and thank you.  DESCRIPTION The Arlington Disability Commission and True […]

Free

Active Bystander Training for Adults & High School Youth

Zoom video MA

A free community workshop sponsored by the Arlington Disability Commission and presented by True Story Theater. Please REGISTER* in advance for this meeting and program to receive the Zoom link and handout: https://town-arlington-ma-us.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwodu2vpj8pH91k4lA9olzkg97Nj6SwBbQy DESCRIPTION An active bystander is someone who not only witnesses an offensive or threatening situation, but also speaks up or takes steps […]

Free

Stories of Re-Entry, Is There a New Normal?

Zoom video MA

REGISTER ON EVENTBRITE >HERE< DESCRIPTION After two long years of the pandemic, some of us are re-entering our worlds, but in a different way. And, some are not. What does re-entry mean for you? Is there a new normal? What has been challenging for you in the past few years? How have you coped? What […]

$15

Stories of Invisible Disabilities

Arlington Community Center 20 Academy Street/27 Maple Street, Arlington, MA

Thursday, July 14th, 6:00 -7:30pm Arlington Community Center, Main Hall 20 Academy Street/27 Maple Street ALL WELCOME, In-Person* (masks encouraged) To attend in-person, please RSVP: E-mail or call Shannon Murphy, COA program coordinator: 781-316-3404 SMurphy@town.arlington.ma.us *Online is available too, register here for the zoom link Come to a free performance of Arlington’s improv ensemble, True […]

Live Arts Arlington – Roving Playback!

Broadway Plaza, Arlington MA Caffè Nero, 321 Broadway, Arlington, MA

True Story Theater is part of Live Arts Arlington! Friday, August 5th at 6pm Broadway Plaza in Arlington Center True Story Theater’s mission is to promote social healing through theatre by building empathy, respect, and understanding in the honoring of true life stories. In a form called “Roving Playback”, troupe members will ask passersby a […]

Boston Medical Center

Zoom video MA

On Zoom--let us know if you are a fan and want to come For cancer survivors, people in treatment, family & friends & other supporters Stories of what sustains us in challenging times

Free

LexPride: Our Heroes and Impacts

Zoom video MA

 On Thursday, October 20th LexPride invites you to a FREE online Playback Theatre show with True Story Theater to honor and celebrate our LGBTQIA+ history. All LGBTQIA+ community, family, friends and allies ages 12-100+ are welcome. No charge, thanks to our sponsors! Please be sure to REGISTER in advance to receive the Zoom link. The […]

Free

Sharon Pluralism Network: Sharing Our Stories and Building Connections

Zoom video MA

"Stories of diverse experiences of living and working in Sharon" Hosted by Sharon Pluralism Network. About this event EVENT DESCRIPTION: SPN has invited True Story Theater to return to Sharon for another program to help us deepen the ways we connect to one another. True Story Theater is a nonprofit improv theater company whose mission […]

Free

Stories of Gratitude in Perilous Times – True Story Theater Fundraiser

Zoom video MA

Support community-building theater with heart by donating and/or attending on Oct 27th About this event Please join True Story Theater for an evening of fun, learning, reflection, and connection. Let’s come together to celebrate and support the healing power of Playback Theatre! All are welcome, whether new to Playback or familiar with this powerful form […]

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 […]

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 […]

Calvary Church – visions of community

Calvary Church 300 Mass. Ave., Arlington, MA

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 […]

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.