Collective Liberation: Playback Theater for White People

January 20th

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    Room: Main Shrine Room

    Take part in a chance to explore the experience of race and identity through the lens of healing artistic embodiment.

    This event is the second in a 4-part series of embodied dialogue, in collaboration with True Story Theater, as part of the Collective Liberation program at Shambhala Boston.

    This event is for those who personally identify as White, with a troupe also composed of White individuals.

    Snow-date is Thursday January 25th from 7-9pm

    A similar event for those who identify as People of Color on January 13th: Sign up here
    Two similar events - for everyone, regardless or race - on Thursday February 1st: Sign up here and Saturday February 10th: Sign up here

    No experience, training, or performance background is needed to attend.

    The mission of True Story Theater is to ’promote social healing through theater'. Here's how TST describes the format they use called Playback Theater: “We perform and teach an embodied theatre of empathy, respect and creativity. Volunteers from the audience are helped to share what’s important in their lives. On the spot, actors then portray the heart of what they heard using music, movement, and dialogue.”


    Collective Liberation is an exploration of how to engage our whole selves and our whole society on the path of awakening. Instead of imagining that our identities and differences simply disappear in practice community, we recognize that they are rich sources of both joy and suffering. As warriors of directness, we practice continually examining our blind spots, our confusion, our neurosis and our pain. Holding ourselves honestly in challenging conversations with gentleness and compassion is the work of Shambhala.

    In this evolutionary phase of our Collective Liberation work, we are partnering with outside organizations and beginning to cross the caucus lines more deliberately. In this case, the support and skill of True Story Theater will help our community - those with training in racial issues, and those without - to have conversations that are kind and compassionate as well as challenging and messy... and hopefully fun!

    For more about the work of Collective Liberation, see Executive Director Ashley Hodson's blog post "Collective Liberation: One Conversation at a Time."


    This event is donation based and supported in part by a grant from the Brookline Commission for the Arts, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. No one will be turned away for financial reasons, but we do need your support to make this work possible. Please feel free to give on arrival, at the level that you feel is personally most appropriate. However, advanced registration helps us tremendously to plan properly. Thanks for taking a minute to let us know you're coming.

    Reminder: This event is for those who personally identify as White, with a troupe also composed of White individuals. See links above for additional workshops.