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May 2020

Arlington’s business community during the pandemic

May 5 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Zoom video MA United States + Google Map

Tuesday, May 5 noon-1pm REGISTER HERE What's the experience of people in Arlington's business community during the pandemic? in partnership with Arlington Chamber of CommerceTrue Story Theater, Arlington's own improv story-theatre company, will hear experiences of local business people in Arlington and embody them through improv theatre online.  How are business people dealing with the big current challenges during the pandemic?  Any surprises? How are they getting support from the community? MORE INFO The call will be recorded and portions…

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Building relationships across economic differences

May 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Zoom video MA United States

Saturday, May 9, 7-8:30 pm **Registration was closed at 6pm. Building relationships across economic differences: How do we reach out to give and to receive across the economic differences that divide us?  How do we acknowledge differences among the people we know?  In these times, people with limited means are likely to suffer more--how do we respond?   An online performance (on Zoom). Size of the audience will be capped and first priority given to people in the local community. In…

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Playback Class (online) with Jason

May 14 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Zoom video MA United States + Google Map

Try a Playback Theatre class on Zoom video! Thursdays 11 am – 12:30 pm with Jason and troupe members The class will be an interactive, fun, and unique way to try out Playback online. Please RSVP to Amber(at)TrueStoryTheater.org or 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…

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Pollinator Protectors with Sustainable Arlington

May 16 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Zoom video MA United States + Google Map

Saturday, May 16, 2-3:30 pm In partnership with Sustainable Arlington Register True Story Theater will invite volunteers to share about what pollinators mean to us, our food, our native plants, and birds -- all the ways that this crucial and imperiled group of creatures matters to us and how we can help them. This is an opportunity to share experiences, feelings, hopes, and concerns as well as ideas for working together in the community to protect pollinators and create supportive…

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Playback Class (on Zoom) – Mondays

May 18 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Zoom video MA United States + Google Map

Try a Playback Theatre class on Zoom video! Offered Mondays 11 am - 12:30 pm with Amber and troupe members During this time of collective safety through physical distancing, we are hosting classes online. REGISTER: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEocOGprD0tSm0i10ogqPTvxP7MJBf2CA 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. We will…

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From the Ordinary to the Extraordinary: Our Stories in the Time of Covid-19

May 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Zoom video MA United States + Google Map

Thursday, May 21 7:00 - 8:30 PM EST Please Register for 5/21 show here (Next events in the series 6/11 and 6/25) We’ve got new stories to tell and to hear: stories that connect us in new and extraordinary ways to ourselves and to each other. Please join True Story Theater for one or more Zoom performances, as we share and listen to stories, bringing them to life through Playback Theatre—improvisational, interactive enactments of audience members' stories aimed to offer…

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Playback Class (Wednesdays @ 6) with Jason

May 27 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Zoom video MA United States + Google Map

Wednesdays 6 pm – 7:30 pm with Jason and troupe members Please RSVP to Amber(at)TrueStoryTheater.org if you are interested and 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 be an interactive, fun, and unique way…

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Playback class (Thursdays @ 11) with Jason

May 28 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Zoom video MA United States + Google Map

Try a Playback Theatre class on Zoom video! Offered Thursdays 11 am – 12:30 pm with Jason and troupe members Please RSVP to Amber(at)TrueStoryTheater.org if you are interested and 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…

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June 2020

Playback class (Mondays @ 11) with Amber

June 1 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Zoom video MA United States + Google Map

Mondays 11 - 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 intimate,…

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True Story Theater fundraiser: Zoom In, Zoom Out!

June 3 @ 6:30 pm - 9:15 pm
Zoom video MA United States + Google Map
$10 – $100

"ZOOM IN, ZOOM OUT: From Close-up to the Big Picture" TRUE STORY THEATER’S FUNDRAISER Wednesday, June 3, 2020, 6:30-9:30 pm RSVP & DONATE HERE $10 - $100 donations greatly appreciated!   Come see a performance (or two!) and help support True Story to continue offering online Playback to the greater community at this critical time of change in our world. We would love to see you at this fun and inspiring event. Get a glimpse into how True Story is serving our…

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From the Ordinary to the Extraordinary: Our Stories in the Time of Covid-19

June 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Zoom video MA United States + Google Map

Thursday, June 11 7:00 – 8:30 PM EST Please Register for 6/11 show here (Next event in the series 6/25) We’ve got new stories to tell and to hear: stories that connect us in new and extraordinary ways to ourselves and to each other. Please join True Story Theater for one or more Zoom performances, as we share and listen to stories, bringing them to life through Playback Theatre—improvisational, interactive enactments of audience members’ stories aimed to offer empathy, healing,…

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Open Rehearsal – June

June 14 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Zoom video MA United States + Google Map

Sunday, June 14 - on ZOOM 3-4:30 pm Join True Story for an Open Rehearsal hosted on Zoom video. Facilitated by Christopher Ellinger. Please RSVP to Amber@TrueStoryTheater.org for the link to join us. Have you always wanted to experience behind the scenes? Learn the forms? Try your hand at Playback? Here’s your chance. For the time being our rehearsals are online using zoom video conferencing. For much of the rehearsal you’ll be invited to join in: for warmups, being a teller,…

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From the Ordinary to the Extraordinary: Our Stories in the Time of Covid-19

June 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Zoom video MA United States + Google Map

Thursday, June 25 7:00 – 8:30 PM EST Please Register for 6/25 show here We’ve got new stories to tell and to hear: stories that connect us in new and extraordinary ways to ourselves and to each other. The Covid-19 pandemic continues to move our lives From the Ordinary to the Extraordinary—and back again. We’re navigating the uncertainty, challenges, and sometimes unexpected joys of staying at home; the courage and fear of working on the frontlines of the crisis; the…

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Stories of Resilience and Recovery around Addiction

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

Monday, June 29th 7:00 – 8:30 pm EDT In partnership with Make-It Springfield Please REGISTER HERE to get the link to join. Share on Facebook. Join True Story for this online community-building improvisational theatre experience in which personal stories from audience volunteers are transformed respectfully into theatre pieces on the spot. This event is especially for anyone who is touched by addiction, either on your own journey with recovery and/or supporting loved ones. Come share in the struggles, challenges, resilience and…

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Theater for Dialogue: Roots of systemic racism, reflection, & action

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

Tuesday, June 30 7pm A week after each Town Conversation event, you are invited to attend an online “story theatre dialogue” to reflect on the issues brought up for you from the town conversation. REGISTER HERE for True Story 6/30 performance This theater for dialogue session will follow "Calling Out the Issues- A Time of Reflection and Action" on June 23 - register for 6/23. See more about the Town of Arlington Community Conversations You are welcome to share your…

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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.