PLAYBACK THEATRE NOW in Western MA
Intro to Theatre of the Oppressed
6–9 pm Wed., Nov. 18, 2020
Experience a sampling of the acclaimed social change tools developed by Brazilian visionary, Augusto Boal. Theatre of the Oppressed (T.O.) is used all over the world for community building, activism, community organizing, conflict resolution, therapy, and government legislation. Highly participatory, this workshop will feature metaphorical games, non-verbal physical imagery, and improvisation for taking action. Those new to the forms will get a taste of what is possible.
Registration (free or donation)
NEXT OPEN SESSION:
December 2, 2020: Wednesday, 7:00–8:30 pm
Zoom Meeting. Register
We hope you will join us for a night of playing, healing, acting, connecting, witnessing, creating. This get-together will give you a fun, deep, and satisfying experience of Playback Theatre. All who are interested are welcome!
Playback Theatre NOW (PTN) leads participants in telling and enacting their true life stories. Through improvised acting, movement, and sound, the magic of creativity comes to life as we focus on the essence of each character and story. It is practiced in 70 countries. PTN is committed to serving diverse populations.
Come and join us with this powerful technique to heal ourselves and others through stories and empathy!
Playback Theatre focuses on the essence of the emotion and message of the characters and 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.
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If money is a problem, please let us know and we can work something out. Workstudy is available.
Sky Halm, Patrick Crowley, Gineen Cooper are the founders, co-organizers, and facilitators of Playback Theatre NOW!
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, and Insight Improvisation. He is also a dance improviser, bodyworker, yoga teacher, and somatic educator. Patrick first began practicing Playback Theatre regularly in 1987 and 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 worked with Boston’s True Story Playback Theater troupe. He is one of the founders and organizers of Playback Theatre NOW.
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 has been in the Survivor Theatre project.