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Salem Playback Theater

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2600 Pringle Rd. SE, Ste 110
Salem, OR 97302


Salem Playback Theatre brings stories to life as they are interpreted and reenacted on-the-spot. Interactive and spontaneous, Playback theatre bases its material on the stories of the community. In theatres, workshops, and a wide range of educational and organizational settings, we draw people together and allow fresh perspectives. Performances are carried out by a team of actors, emcee (called the conductor), and musician. As the show begins, audience members respond to questions from the conductor, then watch as actors and musician create brief theatre pieces on the spot. Later, volunteers from the audience come to the stage to tell their stories, choosing actors to play the main roles. Although performances often focus on a theme of interest or concern, the performers follow no narrative agenda, but bring their dramatic skills and their humanity to embody, on the stage, the concerns and experiences of audience members. We strive for compassion, humor, deep listening, perspective, and connection to the human spirit.
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