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July 2021

Stories of housing in Arlington. Who can live here? Who decides?

July 20, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Zoom video MA United States + Google Map

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…

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October 2021

October Public Show: Stories of “Who Am I Now?”

October 16, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Zoom video MA United States + Google Map
$15
Earth Emerging from the Pandemic

We have all lived through nearly two years of the Covid-19 pandemic, alone and together. Each of us has faced times of emergency and emergence, loss and grief, disorientation and recalibration, growth and celebration. As we enter the fall season, what changes have we lived through, and what are we harvesting from the seeds we planted? What challenges have we met that we didn’t know we could overcome or rise above? What have we learned about ourselves and the world…

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November 2021

Shows are happening (but they may be private client events)

November 7, 2021 @ 12:00 am - January 11, 2022 @ 12:00 am

Watch our our calendar for upcoming public events.  We are creating and offering performances and Cultural Skills workshops for groups or organizations each month (which may not be open to the public). Reach out if you want help envisioning a show for a community or group you care about.

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November Public Show: Stories of “What Sustains Us?” with LexPride – Celebrating LGBTQ+ Seniors

November 10, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Zoom video MA United States + Google Map
Free

  LexPride invites you to a FREE online Playback Theatre performance with True Story Theater: stories of what sustains us as we age. In this free, interactive performance, True Story Theater will bring to life (and ask us to share) personal stories about what nourishes us. What improves or enriches our lives? What strengths do we bring that help us thrive? How do we tackle challenges? What resources do we call upon for support? Actors will enact the heart of…

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November Public Show: Stories of “Grief and Gratitude”

November 20, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Zoom video MA United States
$15

As we prepare to celebrate the holidays, the light fades and winter approaches, we are aware that we are living through a time like no other. We have each experienced loss during the global pandemic, whether it be the death of someone we love, changes in our work, our home life, a cherished relationship, a deeply held belief – something we never thought we would have to let go of. What grief are we holding that needs to be shared?…

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December 2021

True Story’s Winter Fundraiser Online: “Where do we go from here?”

December 9, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Zoom video MA United States + Google Map
$5 – $100

Winter Fundraiser & Online Performance - Thursday, December 9th,  6:30-9:00 p.m. Get your ticket or donate here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/207413508387 Please join True Story Theater for an evening of fun, learning, reflection, and connection. Let’s come together to celebrate and support the healing power of Playback Theatre!  A short video (3min) invitation for you from True Story Actors! As we continue to emerge from the COVID pandemic, hope is on the horizon. We now live in a world where we have learned to…

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January 2022

LexPride: Supporting and Affirming LGBTQIA+ Family Across Generations

January 29 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Zoom video MA United States
Free

All  LGBTQIA+ youth, seniors, family, friends and allies ages 12-100+ are welcome. No charge, thanks to our sponsors! Please REGISTER in advance to receive the Zoom link. In this free, interactive performance, we will share stories of supporting and being supported by family - whatever the word support means to you. Everyone, at every age and stage of life, needs to feel affirmed by their loved ones for who they are. Here's a chance to learn from each other's successes…

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February 2022

Stories of Unexpected Love

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

Unexpected love – a brief encounter or an enduring relationship with a person, a creature, a place, nature, work, space, time – can touch our heart and change our life forever. Love can come into our life at the least expected time, in the least expected place, in the least expected form, or in the least expected way. When has love taken you by surprise? What form did it take, and how did it touch or change you? What did…

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March 2022

Reaching Across Ideological Differences: Why Try and What You Might Gain

March 12 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Zoom video MA United States
$15 – $30

This performance is part of the online Playback North America Conference & Performance Festival: Playback in Community: Reaching Towards the Futures We Want. It will include over 20 conference sessions and 8 performances, hosted and performed by PNA members. The full Performance Festival runs Friday-Sunday, March 11-13, 2022. See below to register for this show or multiple festival performances. DESCRIPTION Have you ever tried to talk with someone you care about whose views are clearly different from yours – say,…

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LexPride: Active Bystander Training for LGBTQ+ Seniors and Allies

March 15 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Zoom video MA United States + Google Map
Free

LexPride's FREE online Active Bystander Training with True Story Theater: claiming power and agency to stand up for oneself and others. All LGBTQ+ seniors, family, friends and allies are welcome. No charge, thanks to our sponsors!* Includes a comprehensive 20-page educational handout to review in advance and use in the training. Please REGISTER IN ADVANCE to receive the Zoom link and workshop materials. ABOUT THIS EVENT Have you wondered what to do when someone you know says something bigoted, even…

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April 2022

What’s Happening, People?

April 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Zoom video MA United States + Google Map
$15 – $30

In this interactive performance, True Story Theater will bring to life personal stories about how we live our lives, from macro to micro. DESCRIPTION What a time we are living in. Spring is finally here in the Northern Hemisphere, and although the pandemic is still surging in some places around the globe, the endemic phase is on the horizon and a return to “normal life” is in the wind. In Ukraine, normal life was only yesterday - now homes and…

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Workshop: Constructive Conversations Across Political Differences

April 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Zoom video MA United States + Google Map
$15 – $30

An interactive workshop led by Christopher Ellinger, Executive Director of True Story, Inc., as part of the National Week of Conversation DESCRIPTION Political differences can damage relationships—but it doesn't have to be this way. How do we maintain or rebuild respect with family, friends, and colleagues who hold very different views from ours? Join this interactive workshop to learn useful models for engaging in difficult conversations. In a safe space, we’ll go over a variety of scenarios and practice effective…

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Reaching Across Ideological Differences: Why Try and What You Might Gain

April 30 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Zoom video MA United States + Google Map
$15 – $30

An interactive, improvisational theater performance with True Story Theater, as part of America Talks and the National Week of Conversation DESCRIPTION Have you ever tried to talk with someone you care about whose views are clearly different from yours... say, about COVID vaccinations, or whom to vote for, or abortion, or which news sources to trust? Audience members are invited to share their experiences of these kinds of conversations. All perspectives are welcome. The actors embody the essence of each…

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May 2022

Stories of Youth with Disabilities

May 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Zoom video MA United States
Free

A public forum open to all.  NO CHARGE, thanks to our sponsors! Please REGISTER in advance to receive the Zoom link. We welcome and appreciate your donations to True Story Theater.  Choose Donation Ticket (give what you can) if you would like to contribute - and thank you.  DESCRIPTION The Arlington Disability Commission and True Story Theater offer a unique public forum open to all, featuring stories of youth living with disabilities so the wider community can acknowledge and learn…

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Active Bystander Training for Adults & High School Youth

May 18 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Zoom video MA United States
Free

A free community workshop sponsored by the Arlington Disability Commission and presented by True Story Theater. Please REGISTER* in advance for this meeting and program to receive the Zoom link and handout: https://town-arlington-ma-us.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwodu2vpj8pH91k4lA9olzkg97Nj6SwBbQy DESCRIPTION An active bystander is someone who not only witnesses an offensive or threatening situation, but also speaks up or takes steps to defuse that situation, or keep it from escalating. Learn how to become a more effective active bystander! Whether we’re at work, school, family gatherings, or on…

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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.