a refreshing and creative way to help people
understand each other better across ideological differences.
Menu of offerings
- Events are typically 75-90 minutes long
- Choice of online or outdoors in person
- Dialogue skills workshops (can be combined with performances)
- Personal: for 2-10 people who have ongoing relationships (e.g., family members, co-workers, friends)
- Group: ideal size is 20-50 people (e.g., a faith-based group, a town commission); possible range 10-200
- Unified: for people who share fairly similar political viewpoints (e.g., “blue-leaning” or “red-leaning”)
- Divergent: for people wishing to connect across one or more ideological divides
Sample event goals:
- To help participants prepare for gatherings (such as family reunions) where divergent views arise, to be able to deal with them more constructively
- To help co-workers with divergent views understand each other and work better together
- To strengthen organizations that are working on depolarizing their communities or country
- To help dialogue facilitators learn new creative skills for putting themselves in others’ shoes
Material covered in workshops:
- Inner depolarization: reducing our own reactiveness to others we know
- Learn to listen to what’s important to others (including what wasn’t said)
- Explore the moral foundations that underlie people’s political beliefs
- Learn how to build bridges of trust and understanding
- Learn how to better communicate what is important to you and why
We’ve been told by those appreciating our theatre
Actions can speak louder than words.
Actors can make people’s experiences come alive to be more fully understood.
Examples of a few groups we have worked with:
- Brandeis University, Jewish and Palestinian Israeli students
- Braver Angels retreat
- New England Center and Home for Veterans
- Vineyard Church, for people in the neighborhood
When I first heard that True Story Theater would enact our personal stories at the Braver Angels New England Retreat, I was skeptical. I was reluctant to share anything personal because I was worried they would get it wrong. Being misunderstood is awful enough when it’s only with one person in a conversation. When I imagined being misunderstood and then mis-portrayed theatrically to my peers, it was more than I was willing to risk.
For more information
or to explore having a performance or workshop
please contact: Anne[at]PlaybackNorthAmerica.com