Houston Playback Theatre
Photo: Houston Playback Theatre actors improvise an audience member’s story. The veteran group opens its new season with an interactive performance 7-8:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, at The Jung Center, 5200 Montrose. Tickets: $10 at the door.
Stories to tell: Houston Playback Theatre opens its new season with an invitation to the public to talk about themselves. We all have stories to tell, and there’s no better way to share yours than in the comfort of a Playback Theatre performance. Houston Playback Theatre, a troupe of local actors and musicians, opens its 22nd season at 7 p.m. Sept 21 at The Jung Center, 5200 Montrose. Tickets are $10 at the door.
In this intimate setting, audience members get a chance to relate an incident from their own lives and then see it portrayed on stage. The interaction could be an offhand encounter from earlier in the day or a pivotal moment from childhood. As soon as an audience member relates a story, the actors go to work improvising a live portrayal, with minimal props such as a colored scarf or a kitchen spatula. Musical accompaniment might be a drum beat or brief clarinet riff. Like few other experiences, a Playback Theatre performance allows a wide variety of Houston audiences to take part in story-sharing as a tool for transformation. Houston Playback Theatre does not have a permanent space but has staged performances for years at The Jung Center and at other Houston venues.
Due to ongoing construction near the Jung Center, attendees are encouraged to arrive early for the 7 p.m. performance Sept. 21 to allow time for parking. [Organizer's description]
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