A playback enactment is ephemeral––we witness the gorgeous, fleeting moment, and then it’s gone. A beautiful poem or piece of prose is also a gorgeous enactment, and yet, writing extends the moment, both for the self and for the audience. Metaphors are the heart and soul of effective playback––as well as poetry and prose. Consider this metaphor from a Frannie Lindsay poem, “Elegies Written on Water for Children”––And now the splashless moon/wades in, turns like a taller sibling,/and beckons. We’ll explore metaphors that have personal meaning for what is emerging in our bodies, minds and spirits. We’ll draw from delicious poems, playback structures and generative writing to find and express the metaphors for powerful energies we want to release in our personal lives or playback troupes. And you’ll take creative writing home with you as a lovely and lasting reminder.
Kelly DuMar is a poet, playwright, and workshop leader who generates enlivening writing experiences for new and experienced writers. Her Aim for Astonishing photo-inspired process elicits profound personal awakenings, deepens connection with others, and fosters beautifully crafted writing in poetry and prose. Author of three poetry collections, Kelly’s poetry, prose and photos are published in many literary journals. She is a certified psychodramatist, a Fellow in the American Society of Group Psycotherapy & Psychodrama. She has a Master’s Degree in Counseling from the Harvard University Graduate School of education. Kelly produces and hosts the monthly Open Mic Program for the Journal of Expressive Writing. Kelly introduced her daughter Franci to training in Playback Theater when she was in elementary school, and they have been practicing Playback Theater together ever since. You can learn more at KellyDuMar.com.
Franci DuMar is a member of the playback theatre troupe, True Story Theater, in Arlington, MA. She has trained, performed, taught and conducted playback theatre in a wide variety of community and therapeutic settings over the past ten years. Currently, she is a graduate student at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA, in drama therapy and mental health counseling. Franci is a Drama Therapy Intern at Maclean Hospital in Belmont, MA. She lives in Arlington, MA.
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