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Saturday, March 13th at 4pm REGISTER HERE An online interactive performance and community sharing with True Story Theater What helps you feel safe? What does public safety encompass? How can a community support safety, belonging, and care for people of all identities and circumstances? How might we re-envision public safety in the community? How can we genuinely hear each other's perspectives to innovate new visions? You are welcome to share your own personal feelings and experiences–and it's fine to just…Find out more »
Saturday, April 24th 7:00 - 8:30pm Get Tickets for "Stories of Renewal" Lots of changes are in the air. New leaves popping out... new presidential administration in power... new possibilities once we've been vaccinated... How are these affecting you? In yourself and in others, what ways do you see openness to change, and in what ways resistance? Tickets: $15 general, $5 - $30 pay-what-you-can, free option available Register on Eventbrite here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/stories-of-renewal-tickets-150949392697 Join True Story for this online community-building improvisational theater…Find out more »
Friday, May 7th at 7pm - 8:45pm REGISTER HERE Come to the 3rd event in our series with the Town of Lexington with a focus on "Uncovering anti-Asian racism." Part of Asian America and Pacific Islanders Heritage Month. Members of the audience will be invited to share stories about anti-Asian racism (in all forms, in all settings), and stories of what people have done that has been meaningful or helpful. Actors will transform the stories improvisationally; actors will include people…Find out more »
Friday, May 14th - Spring Fundraiser Please get a ticket: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/149766111471 Please join True Story Theater for an evening of fun, learning, reflection, and connection. A video (3min) invitation for you! From Amber, Amy and Tonia At this year's spring 2021 fundraiser, we’re taking a moment to look back and look ahead, to contemplate the pains and gifts of our COVID experiences. Support community theater to build understanding and empathy, and hold space for personal stories around diversity equity and…Find out more »
Taking Action: A Skills-based Intervention Training for Combating Injustice REGISTER HERE A skills-based Intervention Training for Combating Injustice and becoming an Active Bystander. About this event The Little Compton Coalition for Racial Justice and True Story Theater present, Taking Action: A Skills-based Intervention Training for Combating Injustice Saturday, May 22, 2021 10 AM-12:30 PM EST via Zoom EVENT DESCRIPTION Join the Little Compton Coalition for Racial Justice for our second FREE and PUBLIC training on being an active bystander. This…Find out more »
Sunday, May 23rd at 12:30pm Learn more about Active Bystander workshop... REGISTER HERE REGISTER HERE This project is funded in part by a grant from the Holliston Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.Find out more »
Working Together for Change: Active Bystander Workshop (on zoom) For High School and College age people Active Bystander Training is a live interactive training that provides real time scenarios to effectively respond to everyday bigotry and public harassment, build dialogue skills and address one's own places of bias. REGISTER HERE May 25, 5:30pm - 8:00pm Session One: Speaking up & dialoguing with people you know June 21, 5:30pm - 8:00pm Session Two: Speaking up online & in public Hosted by…Find out more »
Wednesday, June 16th 5:30pm - 8pm REGISTER HERE WORKING TOGETHER FOR CHANGE: ACTIVE BYSTANDER WORKSHOP FOR MIDDLE SCHOOLERS Middle schoolers must register with a parent or guardian Hosted by Hopkinton Freedom Team and Hopkinton Youth & Family Services with support from members of the Hopkinton Youth Commission and Hopkinton Cultural Council. See more info here: https://www.hopkintonfreedomteam.org DESCRIPTION: Have you been or have you wanted to have family discussions about how to build a more equitable society? Take this class together…Find out more »
Our Stories of Resilience Thursday, June 17th 7:00 -8:30pm REGISTER HERE A special performance in partnership with Facing Cancer Together. This past year has brought immense challenges. 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. What's been helping you get through? What's been especially hard? What's surprised you? What new gifts are emerging? What's seen? What's unseen? What feels important to share about your journey? How are we– individually and collectively,…Find out more »
Working Together for Change: Active Bystander Workshop (on zoom) For High School and College age people Active Bystander Training is a live interactive training that provides real time scenarios to effectively respond to everyday bigotry and public harassment, build dialogue skills and address one’s own places of bias. REGISTER HERE June 21, 5:30pm – 8:00pm Session Two: Speaking up online & in public Hosted by Hopkinton Freedom Team and Hopkinton Youth & Family Services with support from members of the…Find out more »
SAVE THE DATE - Tuesday, June 22 7-9pm Active Bystander Skills workshop In partnership with Arlington's Diversity Equity and Inclusion Office, to build from the Community Conversations series. Please register hereFind out more »
Saturday, July 17th 7:00 -8:30pm Zoom performance online Tickets How each person chooses to connect socially has changed in a myriad of ways during the last year. We invite you to come share stories of how you currently are feeling in relationship to your social connections and the ways in which you interact with your environments and society everyday. Reserve your ticket: $15 General (our suggested ticket price) $5 - $30 Donation (Pay-what-you-can) Free - Guest (not able to pay?…Find out more »
Free public interactive performance (online) Tuesday, July 20, 7-8:30pm REGISTER in advance here Housing. Who Can Live Here, Who Decides & Why? In this evening with True Story Theater, you will get to explore and express your personal relationship to the themes brought up during the July 13th panel, "Who Can Live Here, Who Decides & Why?" During the show, audience volunteers are invited to share their own experiences and feelings about fair and affordable housing, and their responses to the town's new commitments towards making Arlington a place where those who…Find out more »
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.