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Envision the Future and Expose the Present: Bring Social Forces Into Your Playback (With a Focus on Patriarchy)

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March 15 @ 8:00 pm 9:30 pm EDT

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Use Playback for social impact by discerning in tellers’ stories the (generally unnamed) cultural, institutional and systemic messages arising out of the patriarchal culture that permeates our lives. We can name and enact hopeful themes (like interconnectedness, natural resilience, or shared longings) and limiting themes (like stratification, push for productivity, right/wrong mindset).

Being able to notice and enact these forces enhances the artistic expression and the “Playback magic” available to actors, conductors and musicians. It also serves to increase awareness of what tends to be invisible to empower audiences and troupes to reach toward the future we want.

Gather to explore and practice together varied ways to notice and enact these threads in stories. Bring your stories, passions, creativity, metaphors, scarves and music making devices.

Let’s taste sweet alternatives to the pervasive culture.


Photo of Leslie smiling with her hair down and a scarf
Leslie Becknell Marx (she/her/hers)
Thursday Zoomers & Diversity Theatre

As a child, Leslie was always eager to put on a show but rarely had material to perform. If only she’d known about Playback then! She discovered Playback as an audience member and teller at a conference near Toronto almost 20 years ago. Living near Boston at the time, she became an avid playshop participant at True Story Theater programs. After moving to Oregon, she helped found The Collective Mirror in Southern Oregon which continues as a women’s practice group. She is a member of Diversity Theater at Rochester Institute of Technology, workshop leader, facilitator for interactive meetings, storyteller and writer, conversation coach, and advocate for liberation in varied forms. Her website is ConversationThatMatters.com.

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30 people are attending Envision the Future and Expose the Present: Bring Social Forces Into Your Playback (With a Focus on Patriarchy)

Lisa Scanlon Joan Lipkin Jamie Redwood Thomas Novak Edward Lehmann Chase Nuerge