PLAYBACK THEATRE NOW in Western MA
7-9 pm, 1st & 3rd Wednesdays a month.
Dec. 4, 2019: Wednesday, 7–9 pm
Playback Theatre Now get together
Community Room, Rocky Hill Cohousing, 100 Black Birch Trail, Northampton, MA 01062
We hope you will join us for a night of playing, acting, connecting, witnessing, creating!
7:00 pm Arrival & meeting everyone
7:10–9:00 pm Playback Theatre warm-ups, exercises, full stories
Playback Theatre is a powerful form of improv storytelling where true stories are enacted. It is practiced in 70 countries. This get together will give you a fun, satisfying taste of Playback Theatre.
Playback focuses on the essence of the emotion and message of the drama. How can we be honest and authentic on a deep level? It works with sound and movement as a basis for using language, eliciting empathetic listening, creativity, and articulation. To witness your story played out is deeply moving—as is witnessing and playing back other's stories. People often experience the archetypal nature of everyone’s stories. There are many levels of engagement; you can participate as much as you want or don’t want--witnessing is very powerful. Playback is often very healing personally and can also be used to heal social and societal wounds.
These get togethers are open to the community. Our intention is to find committed members to form a troupe who want to build skill and depth, continue to offer these community get togethers, and to do performances for different populations to create connection and social change. If you are interested in being part of the committed troupe, let us know.
Cost $10-20. If money is a problem, workstudy is available.
Sky Halm, Patrick Crowley, Gineen Cooper are the founders, co-organizers, and facilitators of Playback Theatre Northampton.
Sky Halm has been teaching and performing theatre improv for decades. She has been part of numerous troupes, most recently focusing on comedy improv. She has a great affection for Playback Theatre.
Patrick Crowley has practiced theatre improv since 1986, including Playback Theatre, Action Theater, Psychodrama, Zany Angel Dance Theatre. He is also a dance improviser, bodyworker, yoga teacher, and somatic educator. Patrick first began practicing Playback Theatre regularly in 1987 and then employed Playback Theatre in an expressive arts weekend, called the Longdance, that he co-led 4 times a year for over a decade. He also was in Boston’s True Story Playback Theater troupe. He is one of the founders and organizers of Playback Northampton.
Gineen Cooper is a visual and movement artist, who finds inspiration in Meditation, Buddhism, Jungian theory, Native American spirituality, feminism and poetry, and philosophical expression. She has practiced Playback Theatre and as been in the Survivor Theatre project.