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Reaching Across Ideological Differences: Why Try and What You Might Gain – a True Story Theater Show

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March 12 @ 5:00 pm 6:30 pm EST

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Have you ever tried to talk with someone you care about whose views are clearly different from yours–say, about Covid vaccinations, or whom to vote for, or abortion, or which news sources to trust?

Audience members are invited to share their experiences. All perspectives are welcome. The actors reflect back what was shared, with respect, empathy and creativity. The show aims to reveal valuable insights into why we do or don’t try to reach out, what helps such conversations go well or terribly, and what can give us resilience to even try. Come to share or simply watch and listen.

If you are interested, right after the performance you can join a breakout room to learn about the many resources for dialogue across differences. Hundreds of groups are working to ease political polarization, in the US and around the world.

The show will run from 5-6:30pm ET with optional breakout rooms for discussion up to 30 minutes after the performance. 

This show is part of the online Playback North America Conference & Performance Festival: Playback in Community- Reaching Towards the Futures We Want. It will include over 20 conference sessions and 8 performances, hosted & performed by PNA members. The full Performance Festival runs 3/11/22 – 3/13/22.

Tickets for just this show are $15-30 (Sliding Scale) Purchase below! 
Get a Performance Festival Pass to see all 8 Shows for $35-80 Sliding Scale ($60 recommended)
Get a Conference Pass to see all 8 Shows plus over 20 workshops for $25-150 Sliding Scale ($75 recommended) 


True Story Theater has been performing and teaching Playback Theatre for 20 years in the greater Boston area and beyond, offering 60-80 shows and workshops a year until the pandemic moved its work online. True Story’s work has served homeless vets, teen activists, church leaders, Human Rights’ Commissions, philanthropists, cancer survivors, the LGBTQIA+ community, seniors, and more, and has twice received prestigious “Our Town” grants by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Performers: Christopher Ellinger (he/his, conductor), Mary Elizabeth Wheeler (she/hers, musician), Charles Smith Metellus (he/his, actor), Teresa Dinaburg Dias (she/hers, actor), Amber Espar (she/hers, actor), Anne Ellinger (she/hers, actor), Jacek Kukluk (he/his, actor), Tonia Pinheiro (she/hers, tech host).

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Clarissa Worcester Joan Lipkin Gerry Orkin Nathaniel Binzen Benny Buettner Thomas Novak Sarah Carrier