April 22, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm CDT
Improv Theatre: Reaching Across Political Difference
When your friends, family members, or colleagues hold different political views from yours, what holds you back from opening up dialogue? If you have had positive experiences reaching across political differences, what has helped your experience be constructive? Using Playback Theatre, we will share stories and learn from each other. All perspectives and feelings are welcomed and respected.
Here’s how it works: The show’s emcee facilitates brief, spontaneous conversations with volunteers from the audience who share their own feelings and experiences related to the theme. After each conversation, the actors and a 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 Theater enacts about 6-8 stories.
Does your work involve bridge-building across differences? Come get a taste of how this form of spontaneous, embodied empathy, practiced by Playback Theatre companies around the world, can help people hear each other in new, fresh, effective ways.
In addition to this event being part of the National Week of Conversation, this show by True Story Theater (Boston) is also part of Playback North America’s Performance Festival, offering shows by 12 Playback Theatre companies across the US and Canada. See: https://bit.ly/3kSvVps