About performances & classes

A Playback performance is more than just entertainment. Audience members laugh, cry, get insights about their life, and feel an expanded sense of community. You can share a moment from your life and see it performed, or just come to watch. We perform monthly in Arlington plus additional shows around town.

Our Playback classes are friendly, informal, and intimate, an enriching experience for both newcomers and experienced actors.

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October 2018

“Gender in Public” with Arlington Rainbow Commission

October 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Arlington Senior Center, 27 Maple St Arlington, MA 02476
Arlington, MA 02476 United States
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Thursday, Oct. 11 "Gender in Public" Join the Rainbow Commission, Mystic LGBTQ+ Youth Support Network (Queer Mystic), Arlington Human Rights Commission, Arlington Council on Aging, and True Story Theater to explore experiences around gender in public. Through interactive story-telling theatre community members are offered a space to have their experiences and perspectives reflected back with respect. Come share or it's fine to come and just witness. The performance will be followed by a discussion of November Ballot Question 3 regarding…

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Motherhood

October 14 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wellesley Free Library, 530 Washington St.
Wellesley, MA 02482 United States
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Making visible the precious invisible work of motherhood Sunday Oct. 14, 2-4pm Interactive performances just for mothers. True Story brings to life your true stories, both rewards and challenges, in a theatre of embodied empathy. Location: Wellesley Free Library, 530 Washington St. Free event, donations welcomed.

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Playback Theatre showcase at Lesley U “Stories of Invisible Identities”

October 16 @ 7:30 pm - 9:45 pm
Lesley University, Marran Theater, 34 Mellen St.
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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$25

Tuesday, Oct. 16, 7:30pm - 9:45pm "Stories of invisible identities" Important aspects of our identity may not be evident to others. Examples of invisible identities we can explore are religion, class background, military service, mixed race, sexual orientation, political beliefs, chronic pain, and more. In this performance, we’ll explore the impact of having important parts of ourselves hidden – and how things change when they become known to others. Come share your experience… and it’s fine to come and just…

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Community arts dialogue: working together for the arts in Arlington

October 25 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Robbins Library: Community Room (lower level), 700 Mass Ave.
Arlington, MA 02476 United States
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Thurs. Oct. 25, 7:30pm A Community arts dialogue: working together for the arts in Arlington In partnership with Arlington’s Dept. of Planning and Community Development Through interactive story-telling theatre community members are offered a space to have their experiences and perspectives reflected back with respect. As an artist or arts lover, how could the town support you? If you consider yourself a non-artist are you comfortable participating in town conversations about arts and culture? Arlington Robbins Library, 700 Mass. Ave.,…

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November 2018

Perspectives and Perceptions on Building a New High School

November 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thompson School, 187 Everett St.
Arlington, MA 02474 United States
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Wednesday Nov. 7th, 7-9 pm The Arlington HS Building Committee & True Story Theater present: A community dialogue on what a new high school means to you. Through True Story’s interactive story-telling theatre, community members are offered a space to have their experiences heard and reflected back with creativity and respect. Audience members are invited to share their thoughts and feelings, and actors honor what was shared, through drama, movement, and music. From this simple interaction, people can gain fresh…

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The experience of immigrants in our community

November 14 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Arlington Center for the Arts, 20 Academy Street
Arlington, MA 02474 United States
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Wed. Nov. 14, 7-9 pm In partnership with the Arlington Center for the Arts “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 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…

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Personal Experiences of Confronting Injustice

November 17 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
United Parish of Auburndale,, 64 Hancock St,
Auburndale, MA 02466 United States
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Saturday, November 17, 2018, 7:30 – 9pm Sharing Stories About Personal Experiences of Confronting Injustice: An Evening of Moving Interactive Performance Theater RSVP here A benefit event for Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries. United Parish of Auburndale, 64 Hancock St, Auburndale, MA 02466 What have you experienced personally? What has offended or harmed you? When have you acted or witnessed others do something–and did it make a difference? The evening will begin with an interactive performance using personal stories–a key to human…

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December 2018

Class series: Embodied Empathy

December 1 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Arlington home studio, Linwood St.
Arlington, MA 02474 United States
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EXPLORING EMBODIED EMPATHY Begins Saturday November 10, 2018, 3-5:00pm Special class series: Exploring Embodied Empathy –adding ease and connection in daily life  What can support you to develop practices of embodied empathy and to bring them to others in your daily life? Learn how to overcome obstacles and to develop practices that can give you (and others you care about) creative pleasure and empathetic listening. Participants are asked to try something out between classes with a friend, family member, co-worker, or…

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What’s on your heart and mind?

December 8 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Arlington Center for the Arts, 20 Academy Street
Arlington, MA 02474 United States
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$20

Saturday, December 8, 7:30pm Come to True Story Theater's monthly public show at a new venue.  This evening we invite people to share about what's up in their lives. On the spot, actors then portray the heart of what they heard using music, movement, and dialogue. It's an open canvas. Stories can be ordinary or extraordinary, difficult or joyful. You can volunteer to share a moment from your life or fine to just watch and play the important role of witness…

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Facing addiction by building community resilience

December 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Robbins Library: Community Room (lower level), 700 Mass Ave.
Arlington, MA 02476 United States
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free

Thursday, December 13, 7pm Facing addiction by building building community resilience As the holidays move closer, we honor those we have lost, and look to strengthen support for those still among us. 6pm: Enjoy refreshments and explore local resources. Free Narcan training available. Treatment providers present to answer questions. 7:30pm True Story Theater performance Arlington Robbins Library community room 700 Mass. Ave., Arlington, MA, lower level Hosted By: MetroBoston Project Outreach.  A collaboration of support agencies and The Health and Police…

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