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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April 2019

Living in interesting times

April 13 @ 7:30 pm - 9:15 pm
Arlington Center for the Arts, 20 Academy Street
Arlington, MA 02474 United States
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$5 – $30

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,…

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Classes – Dropin

April 27 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Arlington home studio, Linwood St.
Arlington, MA 02474 United States
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Playback classes - ok to come as a drop-in but you must rsvp When: Saturdays 2-4pm (but not every Saturday) Where: True Story Theater’s home studio in East Arlington (note: space is up one flight of stairs) RSVP by emailing InfoTrueStoryTheater.org Description: In this class you will learn Playback Theatre skills. Playback Theatre is an intimate unique form of improvisational embodied storytelling based on empathetic listening. It started over 40 years ago and is practiced in 60 countries. You will also enjoy…

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May 2019

Stories of LGBTQ+ Identities in Changing Times (especially for older adults)

May 4 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Arlington Senior Center, 27 Maple St Arlington, MA 02476
Arlington, MA 02476 United States
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Free

Saturday, May 4th 1-3pm free event A time to explore "Stories of LGBTQ+ Identities in Changing Times" a Performance and Workshop for LGBTQ+ older adults. An event especially for seniors who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender nonbinary, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ+:). First, there will be a performance. Participants will be invited to share moments from their own lives. On the spot, True Story Theater actors will capture in music, movement, and dialogue the emotional essence of what as shared. Then, there…

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Stories of Resilience and Support – MFN Celebration

May 11 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Medford Family Network, 489 Winthrop St,
Medford, MA 02155 United States
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Free

Saturday, May 11 12:30 pm - 2 pm The Medford Family Network invites you to a special event... "Stories of Resilience and Support" A performance with True Story Theater as part of a celebration for the English@Large students. @Medford Family Network, 489 Winthrop St, Medford Share a moment from your own life experiences…or simply come to support and enjoy the performance. See True Story Theater actors portray the joys, strengths, and challenges from the stories that are shared. Free Event…

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LGBTQ+ Intergenerational Stories

May 11 @ 7:30 pm - 9:15 pm
Arlington Center for the Arts, 20 Academy Street
Arlington, MA 02474 United States
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$5 – $30

Saturday, May 11th 7:30pm Come to an evening of intergenerational exchange and community building between people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender non-binary, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ+). At each event, participants will be invited to spontaneously share moments of their true life experience. This evening will be especially for hearing stories from LGBTQ+ seniors and youth. We also welcome families and friends and allies in the general public to come and support. On the spot, True Story Theater…

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June 2019

Medford’s Diversity Day

June 1 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Tuft’s Park, 437 Main St
Medford, MA, MA United States
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Saturday, June 1, 12 pm Come see True Story Theater in Medford at Tuft's Park! In partnership with Medford Family Network, festival attendees can try out an activity that illuminates patterns of implicit biases, subconscious stereotypes that affect the way we make decisions. Then, True Story Theater actors will invite attendees to explore their experiences around bias and stories around barriers and opportunities for connection. True Story Theater uses improvisational theater with heart to facilitate deeper dialogue. Audience members are…

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FUNDRAISER & House Party 2019

June 6 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Elaine Shea’s home in Arlington, 9 Lincoln St.
Arlington, MA 02474 United States
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TRUE STORY THEATER’S FUNDRAISER & HOUSE PARTY Thursday, June 6, 2019, drop by any time between 7-9:30 pm Elaine Shea's home, 9 Lincoln St. Arlington MA Support our 19th season of bringing theater of empathy to greater Boston. Enjoy a house and garden gathering and fabulous collaborative funding at the beautiful Arlington home of Elaine Shea. RSVP & Support TST here Suggested Donation levels: $25, $50, $100, $250+ We invite you to contribute at the highest level that works for…

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Promoting Elder Wellness

June 20 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Cambridge Citywide Senior Center, 806 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
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Free

Promoting Elder Wellness in Your Community Thursday, June 20, 1pm Cambridge Senior Center 806 Mass Ave. Cambridge True Story Theater performance to increase awareness about challenges faced by older adults. Prior to the performance, a mini-Resource Fair will take place at 12:30pm. Light refreshments will be served This program is presented by the Cambridge Elder Abuse Prevention Coalition. Pre-registration is requested but not required. For more info or to register, please contact Susan Pacheco at (617) 349-6220 or spacheco@cambridgema.gov This…

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Stories of Paths Not Taken

June 22 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Arlington Center for the Arts, 20 Academy Street
Arlington, MA 02474 United States
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Saturday, June 22, 7:30 pm In life's many choices and twists and turns, what paths were not taken? How do you look back on what might have been? Where had you imagined yourself?  Where are you now? The one who got away...the veered off career path...the home that was left...the childhood passion gone dormant...a surprising new direction... Let's explore the landscape of our many possible trajectories and where we are now. Arlington Center for the Arts 20 Academy St, Arlington,…

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Gun BuyBack – Why It Matters

June 23 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Calvary Church, 300 Massachusetts Ave.
Arlington, MA 02474 United States
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Sunday, June 23 Join a community conversation about the Gun Buy-Back program and why it matters - hosted at the Calvary Church in Arlington 5pm Community Dinner 6pm Performance with True Story Theater RSVP requested, also fine to show up at door. **Donations welcomed to support the gun buyback program Help spread the word about the opportunity for residents to safely turn in unwanted firearms: Gun Buy Back in Arlington - June 29 in Arlington from 10 a.m. – 3…

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