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Improvising Real Life : Personal Story in Playback Theatre
Salas, Jo
Tusitala / Softcover / 1996-01-01 / 0964235013
Drama Therapy, Psychodrama
price: $30.00 (may be subject to change)
186 pages
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An accessible account of playback theatre's origins, practice and philosophy, illustrated with real-life stories from performances. Includes 15 photos and a glossary of playback terms. Author Jo Salas is a founding member of the original company and now teaches playback internationally.

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“A basic operating manual for anyone who works with expressive therapies, role play, storytelling. Jo Salas's language is as direct and evocative as a Playback Theatre episode. Study this book, use it!”
—Robin Larsen, PhD, co-author of A Fire in the Mind: The Life of Joseph Campbell

“Readers concerned with story and theatre will find much of interest in this clearly and simply written account, which combines some of the elements of a how-to manual with reflection and theory.”
—Parabola Magazine

“This is a must-read book not only for theatre artists, but for educators and social service professionals interested in the arts as a tool toward both self-expression and community building.”
—Mady Schutzmann, Co-Editor, Playing Boal: Theatre, Therapy, Activism


Preface to the Second Edition


1. The Beginnings

2. The Sense of Story

3. Scenes and Other Forms

4. Being a Playback Actor

5. Conducting

6. Music for Playback

7. Presence, Presentation, and Ritual

8. Playback and Healing

9. Being in the Community

10. Growing in the World



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