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October 2019

Stories of immigrant experiences

October 12 @ 7:30 pm - 9:15 pm
Arlington Center for the Arts, 20 Academy Street
Arlington, MA 02474 United States
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$20

Sat. Oct 12, 7:30-9:15 pm “The experience of immigrants in our community: An interactive story-sharing performance.” What have been the struggles and joys of people who have moved to our community from other countries? Share a story of your own experience or of a close connection of someone who has come here. It’s fine if English is not your first language.  Come to share… or just to watch and learn. All ages welcome. True Story performs improvisational theater with heart.…

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Making Visible The Invisible Work of Motherhood

October 13 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wellesley Free Library, 530 Washington St.
Wellesley, MA 02482 United States
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free

Sunday, Oct 13, 2-4pm Making Visible The Invisible Work of Motherhood 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. This afternoon is about storytelling: speak your truth, hear another mother’s story, and then watch True Story Theater enact the journeys. Opening talk by Dr. Kumkum Pareek Malik. Wellesley Free Library – Wakelin Room 530 Washington St, Wellesley, MA 02482 (Venue is accessible)…

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Keepers of the Legacy

October 19 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Maine Repertory Theater, 40 Main Street
Biddeford, Maine 04005
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Saturday, Oct 19, 2-4pm Keepers of the Legacy In partnership with Heart of Biddeford This first event on October 19 will focus on the keepers of Biddeford's Legacy-- that is, the elders of our community, people who have lived in or built Biddeford over a long period of time (sometimes generations). Biddeford is seeing tremendous change: some planned, some accidental. In order to incorporate the ideas, concerns and dreams of the broadest cross-section of the community as possible, Heart of…

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Open Rehearsal – October

October 20 @ 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Arlington home studio, Linwood St.
Arlington, MA 02474 United States
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Come join us! We are excited to be inviting you to Open Rehearsals. Sundays 3-5:30 pm Oct. 20, Nov. 17, Dec. 22 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…

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Tuesday Playback Classes

October 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Home studio in Arlington, 21 Linwood Street
Arlington, MA 02474
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Tuesdays 7-9pm Oct. 22-Nov 26 Whether you’re trying improvisation for the first time or 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. These classes, taught by experienced troupe members, are open to all levels and may be taken as a drop-in or a series. Learn more about classes here. Register for classes and get more information…

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Compassion Speaks: Seeds of Reconciliation

October 27 @ 2:00 am - 4:30 pm
Amazing Things Arts Center, 160 Hollis Street
Framingham, MA
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$20.00

Sunday, Oct. 27, 2:00-4:30pm Come see True Story Theater at the 2019 Compassion Arts Festival! Seeds of Reconciliation will focus on themes of healing our relationship with the life with which we share this planet through a new perspective on our narrative about animals. The event will feature a Playback Theatre performance of stories about animals in our lives. Amazing Things Arts Center 160 Hollis Street, Framingham, MA 01702 Tickets are $20 general admission. Available at show only. Artwork: "Forget…

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Tuesday Playback Classes

October 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Arlington home studio, Linwood St.
Arlington, MA 02474 United States
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Tuesdays 7-9pm Oct 29 - Nov 26 Whether you’re trying improvisation for the first time or 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. These classes, taught by experienced troupe members, are open to all levels and may be taken as a drop-in or a series. Learn more about classes here. Register for classes and get more…

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November 2019

Diversity & Families

November 3 @ 6:00 pm
Arlington Senior Center, 27 Maple St Arlington, MA 02476
Arlington, MA 02476 United States
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Sunday, Nov. 3rd, 6:00 pm The Diversity and Inclusion Groups of the Arlington Public Schools (APS) invite all families to a Potluck and Meet & Greet.  All ages welcomed and encouraged! In partnership with the Arlington Diversity Task Group. Arlington Senior Center, Main Room 27 Maple Street, Arlington, MA This event is part of "The Listening Project: Strengthening civic dialogue through storytelling theatre" which is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Foley Hoag Foundation. 

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Tuesday Playback Classes

November 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Arlington home studio, Linwood St.
Arlington, MA 02474 United States
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Tuesdays 7-9pm Nov 5-Nov 26 Whether you’re trying improvisation for the first time or 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. These classes, taught by experienced troupe members, are open to all levels and may be taken as a drop-in or a series. Learn more about classes here. Register for classes and get more information…

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Stories of Fathers

November 9 @ 7:30 pm - 9:15 pm
Arlington Center for the Arts, 20 Academy Street
Arlington, MA 02474 United States
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$20

Saturday, Nov. 9, 7:30pm How do we ​relate to our fathers? How have fathers and father figures shaped our personal development? What is it like to be a father? ​ Let’s learn from each other as we ​share stories to ​explore ​this important and complex territory. Arlington Center for the Arts 20 Academy Street, Arlington, MA TICKETS: Get a $5 discount on general admission tickets at: https://truestorytheatershow.bpt.me Tickets available at the door: $20-general, $30-Supporter, $5+ -pay-what-you-can photo credit: mikebaird

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Elder Safety and Wellbeing

November 12 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Crane Public Library, 40 Washington St.
Quincy, 02169 United States
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Tuesday, November 12 Schedule: 10:30 am - Light refreshments and Resource Information Table 11am - 12:30 pm - True Story Theater Performance Location: Thomas Crane Public Library, 40 Washington St., Quincy, 02169 United States Learn how to better protect yourself and your loved ones by watching dramatic performances based on real instances of financial scams, language barriers, family problems, and other issues affecting the wellbeing of seniors. Audience members will be encouraged to share their own stories, which will be…

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Tuesday Playback Classes

November 12 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Arlington home studio, Linwood St.
Arlington, MA 02474 United States
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Tuesdays 7-9pm Nov 12-Nov 26 Whether you’re trying improvisation for the first time or 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. These classes, taught by experienced troupe members, are open to all levels and may be taken as a drop-in or a series. Learn more about classes here. Register for classes and get more information…

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Visions from Youth and Newcomers

November 16 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Maine Repertory Theater, 40 Main Street
Biddeford, Maine 04005
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Saturday, Nov 16, 2-4pm Keepers of the Legacy In partnership with Heart of Biddeford This event is focused on Biddeford's Visions from Youth and Newcomers --hearing from tomorrow's leaders and people who are newer to town. Biddeford is seeing tremendous change: some planned, some accidental. In order to incorporate the ideas, concerns and dreams of the broadest cross-section of the community as possible, Heart of Biddeford has invited True Story Theater back to town. They will help us tell and…

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Open rehearsal – November

November 17 @ 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Arlington home studio, Linwood St.
Arlington, MA 02474 United States
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Come join us! We are excited to be inviting you to Open Rehearsals. Sundays 3-5:30 pm Nov. 17, Dec. 22 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. To…

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December 2019

Holy-Daze

December 7 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Arlington Center for the Arts, 20 Academy Street
Arlington, MA 02474 United States
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Sat. Dec 7, 7:30pm How do you stay centered in the holiday whirl? What is alive for you in this season of turning toward the dark and celebrating the return of the light? Bring us your rants and raves and underbellies as you prepare for the holidays. Whether you celebrate or not, come share your stories of the season. At the Arlington Center for the Arts, 20 Academy Street, Arlington, MA. Get tickets in advance – save $5 on general admission https://truestorytheater.bpt.me…

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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.