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January 2020

Know Your Neighbor – a night of dialogue and theater

January 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Newton North High School Little Theater (457 Walnut Street), 457 Walnut Street
Newtonville, MA 02460 United States
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Thursday, January 23rd, 7 pm A Night of Dialogue and Theater: FORJ presents True Story Theater Join us for an interactive event on the evening of January 23rd with True Story Theater. This will be an enlivening follow-up event to the city wide MLK celebration. With the help of the True Story Theater, we will further explore this year’s theme of “Know Your Neighbor”. Come learn and connect as the theater troupe performs the spectrum of our lived experiences as residents of…

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February 2020

Layers of Belonging – esp. for community and faith leaders

February 1 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Lexington Community Center (dining room), 39 Marrett Rd.
Lexington, MA, MA 02421 United States
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free

Layers of Belonging: Stories of Intersectionality This show is especially for community and faith leaders in Lexington and other towns in the region. Saturday, Feb. 1st 2:00 – 4:00pm Lexington Community Center (dining room) 39 Marrett Rd, Lexington, MA Belonging – or not? Come share and hear stories of how our multiple social identities impact whether or not we feel we belong (and how others treat us.) We will explore identities such as gender, sexuality, religion, ethnicity, race, disability, age.…

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The Invisible Work of Motherhood

February 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wellesley Free Library, 530 Washington St.
Wellesley, MA 02482 United States
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Tuesday, Feb 4, 7-9pm Untold Stories: The Invisible Work of Motherhood A special performance just for mothers. An interactive performance of storytelling and live theater enactment for mothers: tell your story, hear another mother’s story, and then watch True Story Theater enact the journey. Deep in your soul lives a knowledge as old as time: Motherhood is real work. You mother in a culture where that knowledge has been lost. Opening talk by Dr. Kumkum Pareek Malik. Wellesley Free Library –…

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Layers of Belonging – esp. for municipal and school leaders

February 6 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Lexington Community Center (dining room), 39 Marrett Rd.
Lexington, MA, MA 02421 United States
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Layers of Belonging: Stories of Intersectionality This show is especially for municipal and school leaders in Lexington and other towns in the region. Thursday, Feb. 6 2:00 – 4:00pm Lexington Community Center (dining room) 39 Marrett Rd, Lexington, MA Belonging – or not? Come share and hear stories of how our multiple social identities impact whether or not we feel we belong (and how others treat us.) We will explore identities such as gender, sexuality, religion, ethnicity, race, disability, age.…

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Unconventional Love

February 8 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Arlington Center for the Arts, 20 Academy Street
Arlington, MA 02474 United States
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$20

Saturday, Feb. 8, 7:30 pm (our Valentine’s Day show for 2020) Stories of Unconventional Love In partnership with Arlington Diversity Task Group You are warmly invited to come to this performance whether you are in (or seeking) a relationship that is nonconventional, conventional, or any combination! We will look at romantic love and other types of love too! Examples of stories that will be invited: primary relationships that are gender non-conforming or queer in other ways, relationships with big age…

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Playback Class Series – Thursdays

February 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Arlington home studio East Arlington, MA 02474 United States + Google Map

Playback Class – Spring series description: 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. Attend any number of classes and any of the dates, let us know in the sign-up sheet when you can join us. Questions? email: Amber(at)TrueStoryTheater.org Logistics: All classes will be held at…

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March 2020

Playback Class

March 3 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Arlington home studio East Arlington, MA 02474 United States + Google Map

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. Attend any number of classes and any of the dates, let us know in the registration form when you can join us. Logistics: All classes will be held at True Story studio loft 21 Linwood St, Arlington MA,…

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Layers of Belonging (Lexington)

March 7 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Cary Hall in Lexington, 1605 Massachusetts Ave.
Lexington, MA 02420 United States
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free

Layers of Belonging: Stories of Intersectionality Saturday, March 7 3 - 5 pm Cary Hall, Lexington Belonging - or not? Come share and hear stories of how our multiple social identities impact whether or not we feel we belong (and how others treat us.) We will explore identities such as gender, sexuality, religion, race, ability, age. We will conclude with a wrap-up about how we can incorporate insights into our daily lives at work and elsewhere. Free event and open…

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CANCELED – Open Rehearsal

March 8 @ 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Arlington home studio East Arlington, MA 02474 United States + Google Map

NOTE: this Sunday's rehearsal is CANCELED Please come April 26 or May 31.     Have you always wanted to experience behind the scenes? Learn the forms? Try your hand at Playback? Here’s your chance! For much of the rehearsal you’ll be invited to join in: for warmups, being a teller, and (only if you wish) for a time on stage with members of the troupe! Watch how troupe members rehearse for upcoming gigs. Suggested donation is $5-10 (and/or some…

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Playback Class

March 10 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Arlington home studio East Arlington, MA 02474 United States + Google Map

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. Attend any number of classes and any of the dates, let us know in the registration form when you can join us. Logistics: All classes will be held at True Story studio loft 21 Linwood St, Arlington MA,…

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Playback Class – POSTPONED until mid-April

March 12 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Arlington home studio East Arlington, MA 02474 United States + Google Map

We are postponing our classes until mid-April (depending on health guidelines re COVID-19). If you are interested in taking classes once they resume, please go ahead and register. We hope to resume and add more classes later in the Spring. 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…

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POSTPONED – Money between friends

March 14 @ 7:30 pm - 9:15 pm
Arlington Center for the Arts, 20 Academy Street
Arlington, MA 02474 United States
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PERFORMANCE POSTPONED - stay tuned for a new date for this theme. Saturday, March 14, 7:30 pm Money between friends: stories of building relationships across class differences. In partnership with: Arlington Human Rights Commission, Arlington Diversity Task Group, Arlington Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Health and Human Services Class Action Arlington Center for the Arts 20 Academy St, Arlington, 3rd fl (Accessible entry on Maple St. Then take the elevator to 3rd floor) Get discounted general admission tickets at…

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Live Video Playback Class with Jason

March 26 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Zoom video MA United States

Try a Playback Theatre class on Zoom video! During this time of collective safety through physical distancing, we are experimenting with hosting classes online. 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,…

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Open Rehearsal – on zoom video

March 29 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Arlington home studio East Arlington, MA 02474 United States + Google Map

Come join us! We are excited to be inviting you to Open Rehearsals hosted on Zoom video! Please RSVP to Amber@TrueStoryTheater.org for the link to join us! Sunday, March 29 Sunday, April 26 Sunday, May 31 3-4:30 pm Have you always wanted to experience behind the scenes? Learn the forms? Try your hand at Playback? Here’s your chance! And as we are responding to the need for physical distancing, our rehearsals are now online using zoom video conferencing. For much…

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Live video Playback Theatre class – Mondays

March 30 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
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 experimenting with hosting classes online. 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,…

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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.