Bay Area Playback Theatre

WELCOME TO PLAYBACK! 

Playback Theater is an audience-interactive performance involving storytelling by audience members and improvisational enactments of your stories by our talented team of Actors and Musicians.

Upcoming Virtual Show: NEW BEGINNINGS – Beyond the Pandemic
Join us on August 14th, 2021, 7pm Pacific time 
Register in advance: Registration

What is Playback Theatre?

Experience a unique form of improvisational theater, where stories or dreams are brought to life on the spot! See why Playback Theatre is performed in over 50 countries for people of all ages, backgrounds, experiences… and for anyone with a story to tell.

Members of the audience are invited to tell stories from their lives, then watch as we instantly enact them using movement, music and dramatic spoken word.  The stories may be funny or sad, memories from long ago or yesterday. Audience and performers co-create a theater event whose subject is the life experiences of the people attending the show.

Playback builds connections between people by honoring the dignity, drama and universality of their stories. These audience-interactive performances build trust, deepen understanding and create opportunities for personal and group enrichment.

WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT BAY AREA PLAYBACK THEATRE:

“You were fabulous. Wow, wow, wow. Everyone loved you and it was so powerful for us. The performance gave us a deeper understanding of our own stories and their emotional affect on us. Everybody was emotional impacted. Some brought to tears. Thanks to each of you for sharing your hearts and talents.” J.Redwing Keysar R.N., Director Palliative Care Program, Jewish Family and Children’s Services

“My face hurt from smiling. I was feeling the joy for the human connection in the room.” Joan Nelson, Chairperson Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin Social Concerns

“I’m a big fan of improvisational theater but didn’t know what to expect from Playback.  I was a “teller” at two performances.  At the first performance I laughed and at the second I cried.  Both experiences knocked my socks off.”  Allan Blau, Attorney at Law

“I felt the earth move even though it didn’t register on the Richter scale.  I laughed.  I cried.  It was everything you want in a night of improv.  These actors are magical.”  Nika St. Claire, Program Director, Alameda Family Services

“I was surprised and delighted.  What an extraordinary and entertaining evening! The rare talent of the actors resulted in a delightful and soulful bonding.”  Deborah von Bolschwing, Psychologist

“How in the world one performance can be exhilarating, entertaining and also be a transformational experience was proved possible at the Bay Area Playback Performance.  I can’t wait for more.” Esther Blau, R.N.

“The actors pull various emotions out of the viewer like a clown retrieving a trail of scarves from his mouth.  Risk taking, Energetic, Whimsical.” Nicole Katler, Psychotherapist and Musician

“Best Bets” Marin Independent Journal

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Winner, 2007 -2009 Marin Arts Council Grants
Playback North America