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August 2019

Playback Class Summer Series – Thursdays

August 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Arlington home studio, Linwood St.
Arlington, MA 02474 United States
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$15

Thursday, August 15 7-9 pm Mixed-level Playback Theater Class Focus: The many ways to "listen" You can drop-in for 1 class or register (helpful for us to know you are coming) for any of the 7-week series. Take whichever classes work for your schedule - being offered on Saturday afternoons and Thursday evenings through the end of August. Whether you’re trying improvisation for the first time or an experienced in Playback forms, these classes will be a fun and delightful…

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Playback Class Summer Series – Saturdays

August 17 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Arlington home studio, Linwood St.
Arlington, MA 02474 United States
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$15

Saturday, August 17th 1-3pm Mixed-level Playback Theater Class Focus: Learning the "Playback Forms" Ever wonder how the actors do what they do? Get ready to see behind the veil and learn the various forms used in our performances, including how to listen to a teller's story with through the lens of different forms. You can drop-in or register (helpful for us to know you are coming) for the 7 week series. Take whichever classes work for your schedule. Classes offered…

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Playback Class Summer Series – Thursdays

August 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Arlington home studio, Linwood St.
Arlington, MA 02474 United States
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$15

Thursday, August 22 7-9 pm Mixed-level Playback Theater Class Focus: The many ways to "listen" You can drop-in for 1 class or register (helpful for us to know you are coming) for any of the 7-week series. Take whichever classes work for your schedule - being offered on Saturday afternoons and Thursday evenings through the end of August. Whether you’re trying improvisation for the first time or an experienced in Playback forms, these classes will be a fun and delightful…

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Playback Class Summer Series – Saturdays

August 24 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Arlington home studio, Linwood St.
Arlington, MA 02474 United States
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$15

Saturday, August 24th 1-3pm Mixed-level Playback Theater Class Focus: Learning the "Playback Forms" Ever wonder how the actors do what they do? Get ready to see behind the veil and learn the various forms used in our performances, including how to listen to a teller's story through the lens of different Playback forms. You can drop-in or register (helpful for us to know you are coming) for the 7 week series. Take whichever classes work for your schedule. Classes offered…

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Circles of Support

August 24 @ 7:30 pm - 9:15 pm
The Arlington Center (yoga studios), 369 Mass. Ave.
Arlington, MA 02474 United States
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$20

Saturday, August 24th 7:30pm There are many different life circumstances from natural disasters to personal illness, relocation to giving birth, restructuring of family to loss of a loved one, where support from others makes all the difference in how we get through. “Circles of Support” explore these life experiences, the personal to the global/macro. Examples of what is working personally and community-wise, increasing comfort and acceptability around asking for help, and how there may be concentric circles of support reaching…

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Open Rehearsal – August

August 25 @ 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Come join us! We are excited to be inviting you to Open Rehearsals starting July 21st and August 25th! Other dates TBD. 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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Playback Class Summer Series – Thursdays

August 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Arlington home studio, Linwood St.
Arlington, MA 02474 United States
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$15

Thursday, August 29 7-9 pm Mixed-level Playback Theater Class Focus: The many ways to "listen" You can drop-in for 1 class or register (helpful for us to know you are coming) for any of the 7-week series. Take whichever classes work for your schedule - being offered on Saturday afternoons and Thursday evenings through the end of August. Whether you’re trying improvisation for the first time or an experienced in Playback forms, these classes will be a fun and delightful…

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September 2019

Standing up to the Climate Crisis

September 21 @ 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, Sept 21, 7:30pm "Standing up to the climate crisis: Stories of environmental activists" In partnership with Sustainable Arlington Arlington Center for the Arts – 3rd-floor gallery (above the Senior Center) 20 Academy St. Arlington, MA Tickets: $20 general, $30 supporter, $5+ pay-what-you-can Save $5 on general admission if you get your ticket in advance: https://truestorytheater.bpt.me Tickets also available at the door. * This event is part of “The Listening Project: Strengthening civic dialogue through storytelling theatre” which is supported…

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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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Making Visible 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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Sunday, Oct 13, 2-4pm Making Visible The Invisible Work of Motherhood Deep in your soul lives a knowledge as old as time: Motherhood is real work. You mother in a culture where that knowledge has been lost. This afternoon is about storytelling: speak your truth, hear another mother’s story, and then watch True Story Theater enact the journeys. Opening talk by Dr. Kumkum Pareek Malik. Wellesley Free Library – Wakelin Room 530 Washington St, Wellesley, MA 02482 (Venue is accessible)…

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Keepers of the Legacy

October 19 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Maine Repertory Theater, 40 Main Street
Biddeford, Maine 04005
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Saturday, Oct 19, 2-4pm Keepers of the Legacy In partnership with Heart of Biddeford This first event on October 19 will focus on the keepers of Biddeford's Legacy-- that is, the elders of our community, people who have lived in or built Biddeford over a long period of time (sometimes generations). Biddeford is seeing tremendous change: some planned, some accidental. In order to incorporate the ideas, concerns and dreams of the broadest cross-section of the community as possible, Heart of…

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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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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.