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November 2020

Elections: Community pulse

November 7, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:45 pm
Zoom video MA United States + Google Map
$15

Saturday, November 7 7pm A space to share your experiences, thoughts, and feelings about what's happened and happening with the 2020 Elections. What's next after Election Day? How are you doing? How are your communities doing? What's clear and what is still unsettled? To attend, please complete these two steps: 1) Register to get link to zoom 2) Contribute for your ticket - we suggest $15 general, $25 pay-it-forward, $5+ pay-what-you-can https://truestorytheater.com/get-involved/donate/

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From the Ground Up

November 12, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm
Zoom video MA United States + Google Map

Thursday, November 12th 6:30 - 8:00PM From the Ground Up! Our stories of changing places and changing lives: An interactive performance with True Story Theater to honor the stories of people willing to get their hands in the earth, feet on the streets, and open their hearts to imagination and action to help create healthy and vibrant communities. Come share your story about being part of Groundwork Somerville.. or the community groups making a difference where you live, work and…

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Transforming Our 2020 Stories – with Expressive Therapies Summit

November 14, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Zoom video MA United States + Google Map
$25

November 14, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Part of the Expressive Therapies Summit Teresa Dias, LMHC, RPT, Co-Host Jason Jedrusiak, CYT, Co-Host Transforming Our 2020 Stories: A Playback Theater Performance & Discussion Over the course of the past months, we’ve been navigating the uncertainty, challenges, and occasional unexpected joys of staying at home. The courage of those who are working on the frontlines of the COVID crisis has awed and inspired us. The powerful and far-reaching mobilization and protest against…

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Stories of standing up to everyday bigotry

November 27, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Zoom video MA United States + Google Map

Friday, Nov. 27th 7pm - 9pm (performance and debrief) REGISTER IN ADVANCE Part of the Playback North America 2020 Festival Stories of standing up to everyday bigotry When someone you know personally (e.g. a co-worker, family member, neighbor) has said or done something bigoted, whether intentionally or unintentionally--did you freeze up or act? What worked well? What got in your way? Or have you personally been the target of demeaning remarks and actions--from friends, acquaintances, or strangers on the street?…

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December 2020

Expressions of love

December 19, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Zoom video MA United States + Google Map
$15

Saturday, December 19th 7pm What are the ways we express and share our love and care for one another? What are some new creative ways in these times of more physical distance? What are your love languages? *stay tuned for an opportunity for a few participants to record a Playback "love-gram" for someone you care about! To attend, please complete these two steps: 1) Get the link to zoom: Register here 2) Contribute a love offering for your ticket –…

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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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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.