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August 2020

Playback Class (Thursdays @ 11) with Jason

August 27 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Zoom video MA United States + Google Map
$5 – $20

Try a Playback Theatre class on Zoom video! Offered Thursdays 11:00 am – 12:30 pm with Jason and troupe members Please RSVP to Jason by email: jmjphotography(at)gmail.com We will send you the link to join! Whether you’re trying improvisation for the first time or are experienced in Playback forms, these classes will be a fun and delightful way to connect with others, listen more skillfully, develop spontaneity, and experience playback in an intimate, honest, and safe environment. The class will…

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Playback class (Mondays @ 11) with Amber

August 31 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
Zoom video MA United States + Google Map
$5 – $20

Mondays 11:00 am - 12:30 pm EDT REGISTER: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEocOGprD0tSm0i10ogqPTvxP7MJBf2CA (Interested in classes on other days? Take a class with Jason on Wed at 6 pm EDT or Thurs at 11 am EDT - to get the zoom link please email Jason at jmjphotography(at)gmail.com) Whether you’re trying improvisation for the first time or are experienced in Playback forms, these classes will be a fun and delightful way to connect with others, listen more skillfully, develop spontaneity, and experience playback in an…

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September 2020

Ongoing Active Bystander Practice Group (Commit to 4 Sessions)

September 9 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Zoom video MA United States
$25 – $65

Have you been feeling motivated to address family member, friends, and colleagues biases, micro-aggressions, and prejudices in a constructive and effective manner? Are you willing to look at your own biases and welcome feedback in a supportive and encouraging environment?   True Story Theater is excited to announce that we will be offering continued Bystander Intervention practice groups throughout the months of September and October (and beyond) for participants of previous Bystander workshops and new participants to develop their skills as…

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Stories of Difficult Choices

September 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Zoom video MA United States + Google Map
$5 – $15

Saturday, September 12 7:00pm – 8:30pm ET REGISTER here Share your stories of navigating difficult choices. When faced with multiple choices and directions to go in our lives, which path do we take? In our personal life and our careers, in our relationship with others and our independent experiences, how do we navigate uncharted territory and unexpected problems? What are the hard choices are you navigating during the pandemic? What new choices are being called for in light of the…

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How would animals and plants vote? A performance with Women Explore series

September 17 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Zoom video MA United States + Google Map

Thursday, September 17th 11:30am - 1:00pm Women Explore Series "Democracy in Crisis" invites you to a unique conversation through theater about "How would animals and plants vote?" Learn more about the Women Explore series here: www.womenexplore.org Please register in advance to get the Zoom link here Do you often wonder what plants and animals are thinking about the current state of our planet? If they could vote in a democratic election, what would they want to see change? What is…

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Theater for Dialogue: Racism & reforms

September 29 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Zoom video MA United States + Google Map

Tuesday, September 29th, 7-8:30pm Watch, listen, or share personal experiences.  All are welcome. REGISTER HERE The town of Arlington has been hosting a series of online sessions about how to address structural racism in the town.  A week after each event, True Story Theater has offered an opportunity for people to express their thoughts and feelings about racism in their community (whether Arlington or elsewhere), and have their experiences reflected back through spontaneous theatre.   This fourth performance, September 29, is…

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October 2020

Stories of Power

October 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:45 pm
Zoom video MA United States + Google Map
$15

Saturday, Oct. 10, 7pm Power…power over, power to, power with, power within…. How does power play out in your life? How do you relate to power in yourself? In relationships? How you engage your power with the world? Let’s explore this timely theme. "Power is never static, for power is not a thing that we can hold or store, it is a movement, a relationship, a balance, fluid and changing. The power one person can wield over another is dependent…

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Active Bystander Workshop for families (ages 12+)

October 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Tuesday, Oct 13 7:00 - 9:00 PM With Arlington Community Education REGISTER here Working Together for Change: An Active Bystander Workshop Have you been or have you wanted to have family discussions about how to build a more equitable society? Take this class together and learn strategies for having empowering and informative talks and how to hold each other accountable. We all witness situations where we want, but hesitate, to intervene whether we’re at school, the workplace, family gatherings or…

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Fall Fundraiser & Performance 2020

October 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Zoom video MA United States + Google Map

TRUE STORY THEATER’S FUNDRAISER & ONLINE PERFORMANCE Support our 19th season of bringing theater of empathy to greater Boston and beyond! Tuesday, Oct. 20th 7:00 - 8:45pm Performance on Zoom REGISTER & DONATE HERE Suggested Donation levels: $25, $50, $100, or more :) This past season we brought to life stories about mental, physical and health challenges in the pandemic, racism and reforms, climate activism, youth and families adapting to online learning and more. Please help our work of embodied…

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How to Become a Lifelong Activist: Active Bystander Training

October 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Zoom video MA United States + Google Map

Wednesday, Oct. 21 7:00–9:00 pm | $29 With Arlington Community Education Active Bystander Training especially geared for youth/high school/college prep 7:00–9:00 pm | $29 Please REGISTER here Take your activism from protesting on the street to taking action in your daily life to encourage a more equitable society. Become an empowered activist and an active bystander, someone who not only witnesses a situation, but also speaks up or takes steps to defuse a situation or keep it from escalating. We’ll…

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Active Bystander Training

October 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Zoom video MA United States + Google Map
$65

Thursdays Oct 22 and 29 Offered through Arlington Community Education We all witness situations where we want, but may hesitate, to intervene. Will our response make things better or worse? Could we get hurt? Learn how to become a more effective active bystander, someone who not only witnesses a situation, but also speaks up or takes steps to defuse a situation or keep it from escalating. In this interactive, two-evening workshop, learn to evaluate a situation to determine a safe…

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November 2020

Elections: Community pulse

November 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:45 pm
Zoom video MA United States + Google Map
$15

Saturday, November 7 7pm A space to share your experiences, thoughts, and feelings about what's happened and happening with the 2020 Elections. What's next after Election Day? How are you doing? How are your communities doing? What's clear and what is still unsettled? To attend, please complete these two steps: 1) Register to get link to zoom 2) Contribute for your ticket - we suggest $15 general, $25 pay-it-forward, $5+ pay-what-you-can https://truestorytheater.com/get-involved/donate/

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From the Ground Up

November 12 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm
Zoom video MA United States + Google Map

Thursday, November 12th 6:30 - 8:00PM From the Ground Up! Our stories of changing places and changing lives: An interactive performance with True Story Theater to honor the stories of people willing to get their hands in the earth, feet on the streets, and open their hearts to imagination and action to help create healthy and vibrant communities. Come share your story about being part of Groundwork Somerville.. or the community groups making a difference where you live, work and…

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Transforming Our 2020 Stories – with Expressive Therapies Summit

November 14 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Zoom video MA United States + Google Map
$25

November 14, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Part of the Expressive Therapies Summit Teresa Dias, LMHC, RPT, Co-Host Jason Jedrusiak, CYT, Co-Host Transforming Our 2020 Stories: A Playback Theater Performance & Discussion Over the course of the past months, we’ve been navigating the uncertainty, challenges, and occasional unexpected joys of staying at home. The courage of those who are working on the frontlines of the COVID crisis has awed and inspired us. The powerful and far-reaching mobilization and protest against…

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Stories of standing up to everyday bigotry

November 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Zoom video MA United States + Google Map

Friday, Nov. 27th 7pm - 9pm (performance and debrief) REGISTER IN ADVANCE Part of the Playback North America 2020 Festival Stories of standing up to everyday bigotry When someone you know personally (e.g. a co-worker, family member, neighbor) has said or done something bigoted, whether intentionally or unintentionally--did you freeze up or act? What worked well? What got in your way? Or have you personally been the target of demeaning remarks and actions--from friends, acquaintances, or strangers on the street?…

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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.