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.
Browse our events calendar below.
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Tuesday, Jan. 29, 7:00 pm Untold Stories: The Invisible Work of Motherhood An interactive performance of storytelling and live theater enactment for mothers: tell your story, hear another mother’s story, and then watch True Story Theater enact the journey. Opening talk by Dr. Kumkum Malik Wellesley library community room 530 Washington St, Wellesley, MA 02482 (Venue is accessible) Free event. (event image artwork: Esther Maschio)Find out more »
Tuesday, Feb. 5th 7:30 pm Theme: You and Taxes How do we feel about paying taxes? What does it mean to us to be required as citizens to contribute our money (to our town, our state, our country)? We invite people to share different perspectives and learn from each other through our interactive storytelling theatre. Arlington Robbins Library community room 700 Mass. Ave., Arlington, MA, lower level (Venue is accessible via ramp, elevator, and wheelchair lift.) This is a FREE…Find out more »
Saturday, Feb. 9, 7:30 pm (our Valentine’s Day show for 2018) Stories of Unconventional Love You are warmly invited to come to this performance whether you are in (or seeking) a relationship that is nonconventional, conventional, or any combination! Examples of stories that will be invited: primary relationships that are gender non-conforming or queer in other ways, relationships with big age differences, relationships between people of different race, ethnicity, or religion, close loving relationships with multiple people, and more. Discover…Find out more »
Wednesday, Feb. 13th Hosted by the Eat, Pray and Learn group. See FLYER 6 pm - Community Meal* 6:30 pm - Worship 7 pm - Performance Explore insights and experiences on the often taboo theme of class and its implications for our lives and relationships today. Watch as actors listen deeply to audience stories and transform them on the spot into a theatrical performance, through music, movement, and dialogue, portraying the essence of what as shared. Help break down barriers and…Find out more »
Saturday, Feb. 16 2:00 pm Untold Stories: The Invisible Work of Motherhood An interactive performance of storytelling and live theater enactment for mothers: tell your story, hear another mother’s story, and then watch True Story Theater enact the journey. Opening talk by Dr. Kumkum Malik Wellesley Free Library community room 530 Washington St, Wellesley, MA 02482 (Venue is accessible) Free event. (event image artwork: Esther Maschio)Find out more »
Saturday, March 9 7:30 pm Lift Every Voice! We live in the world of communication, where how we listen, what we hear, and what we say, shapes our relationships and what we experience as possible. How are you listening to the people in your life and the larger conversations in society? What do you hear? Can you speak? Are you heard? These are the concerns that constitute the fabric of our lives. Come share your experiences of the power and…Find out more »
When: Saturdays afternoons, 1-3pm, starting March 23 (6 classes total) 3/23, 3/30, 4/6, 4/13, (skipping 4/20 holiday weekend), 4/27, 5/11 Where: True Story Theater’s home studio in East Arlington (note: space is up one flight of stairs) Register here: https://bpt.me/4095055 Note: When registering, please select the correct date from the drop-down menu: "Sat Mar 23, 2019, 1:00 PM" for the Playback 201 series. Description: In this intermediate class you will deepen your Playback Theatre skills. Playback Theatre is an intimate unique form of improvisational embodied…Find out more »
Wednesday, March 27 7-9pm A performance especially for teachers and parents of school-age children to explore experiences of diversity, equity, and inclusion in schools. Hosted by the Stratton Diversity and Inclusion group in partnership with the Arlington Human Rights Commission Event is open to the public. RSVP here: bitly.com/StrattonTrueStory Stratton Elementary School - media room 180 Mountain Ave., Arlington This is a FREE public event of “The Listening Project: Strengthening civic dialogue through storytelling theatre” which is supported in part…Find out more »
Friday, March 29th 6:30 pm -8 pm What sustains you in difficult times? A public performance with True Story Theater Hosted by Boston Medical Center Cancer Support Services Boston Medical Center FGH Building, 820 Harrison Ave., Boston, MA (Venue is accessible with ramps at front and side entry)Find out more »
Saturday, April 13th 7:30pm Come share what is alive for you right now as we look at "Living in These Interesting Times." We'll explore together the gifts and curses of the times we're living in--including our personal and collective fears and dreams. Arlington Center for the Arts 20 Academy St, Arlington, 3rd fl (Accessible entry on Maple St, then elevator to 3rd floor) Get TICKETS in advance and save $5 off general admission Tickets available at the door: $20-general, $30-Supporter,…Find out more »