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January 2021

Wednesday Playback Class with Jason

January 20 @ 6:00 pm
Zoom video MA United States + Google Map
$5 – $25

Playback Theatre Class (drop-ins welcome) Wednesdays with Jason at 6pm EST REGISTER HERE 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 Theatre in an intimate, honest, and safe environment. We will be using Zoom video conferencing so we can all see and hear each other “live” and adapt the forms to work in…

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Thursday Playback Class with Jason

January 21 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Zoom video MA United States + Google Map
$5 – $25

Playback Theatre Class (drop-ins welcome) Thursdays with Jason at 11am EST REGISTER HERE 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 Theatre in an intimate, honest, and safe environment. We will be using Zoom video conferencing so we can all see and hear each other “live” and adapt the forms to work in…

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Monday Playback Class with Amber

January 25 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Zoom video MA United States + Google Map
$5 – $25

Mondays 11:00 am – 12:30 pm EST REGISTER HERE 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 be sharing our stories with each other and using some simplified Playback Theatre forms that work well in this virtual format. Also, if you have never tried…

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Wednesday Playback Class with Jason

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

Playback Theatre Class (drop-ins welcome) Wednesdays with Jason at 6pm EST REGISTER HERE 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 Theatre in an intimate, honest, and safe environment. We will be using Zoom video conferencing so we can all see and hear each other “live” and adapt the forms to work in…

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Thursday Playback Class with Jason

January 28 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Playback Theatre Class (drop-ins welcome) Thursdays with Jason at 11am EST REGISTER HERE 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 Theatre in an intimate, honest, and safe environment. We will be using Zoom video conferencing so we can all see and hear each other “live” and adapt the forms to work in…

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Expressions of Love in the Time of Covid (with LoveGrams)

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

Expressions of Love in the Time of Covid including Playback LoveGrams* Saturday, January 30th 3 pm EST TICKETS HERE In these times of continued social distancing when we may not be able to touch or meet or gather in person, how do we find creative ways to express and share our love and care for each other? What ways of giving or receiving love (either individually or collectively) have touched you? In what ways have you expressed your love as…

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February 2021

Monday Playback Class with Amber

February 1 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Zoom video MA United States + Google Map
$5 – $25

Mondays 11:00 am – 12:30 pm EST REGISTER HERE 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 be sharing our stories with each other and using some simplified Playback Theatre forms that work well in this virtual format. Also, if you have never tried…

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Stories of Love Beyond Boundaries (including LoveGrams)

February 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Zoom video MA United States + Google Map

Love Beyond Boundaries including Playback LoveGrams* Tuesday, February 9th, 7:00-8:30 PM ET (on zoom!) GET TICKETS In the dreary depth of winter, fill your heart with fresh inspiration as we explore together the provocative theme of love beyond boundaries. Have you ever loved people across significant boundaries:  physical distance, culture, religion, race, nationality, politics, generation, or other profound differences?  What has supported your connection and what has gotten in the way? How about your love for this country, or for the earth,…

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For the love of learning – Community skill share

February 20 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Zoom video MA United States + Google Map
Free

Saturday, February 20th - Free events 4pm - True Story Theater performance for event closing 10am - 4pm - A variety of community offerings (choose skill share workshops) Learn more and register We will come together as an online community to share skills in a unique learning experience where community members from Arlington and Cambridge and beyond share their knowledge and passions with one another, strengthening the love of giving/receiving and the life long commitment for learning and growing no…

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Stories of Finding Home for Everyone (Town of Lexington)

February 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:45 pm
Zoom video MA United States + Google Map
Free

Thursday, February 25th at 7pm REGISTER HERE An online interactive performance and community sharing with True Story Theater for people who live, work, learn, visit, or play in Lexington MA. What creates home and belonging for you? As Lexington strives to create more equitable housing, what can get in the way? How do we mesh our wishes for ourselves individually and our values for the larger community? What could be possible? You are welcome to share your own personal feelings…

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March 2021

Sharing identity stories – Arlington Reads Together

March 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:45 pm
Zoom video MA United States + Google Map

Wednesday, March 3rd 7pm - 8:45pm “Who am I? And how did I find out?” Interactive theater workshop and performance:  Exploring our stories of identity Click here to enter the event at 7pm. (You will be in a zoom waiting room until the host can let you in.)   This year, Arlington Reads Together has chosen Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria by Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum as the community read for 2021. You are warmly invited to PLUGGED iN's…

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Stories of Envisioning Public Safety (Town of Lexington)

March 13 @ 4:00 pm - 5:45 pm
Zoom video MA United States + Google Map
Free

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…

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April 2021

Performance: Becoming an Active Bystander

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

Wednesday, April 21st 7:00 - 8:30pm ET "Stand. Speak. Act. Stories of becoming an Active Bystander"  To register for this performance and get the zoom link please email: Library@town.winthrop.ma.us StandSpeakAct- TST - 2021

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April Show: “Stories of Renewal”

April 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Zoom video MA United States + Google Map
$15

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…

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May 2021

Racial/Social Justice series: Uncovering anti-Asian racism

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

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…

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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.