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Building community, one story at a time.

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Why?

The city of Waltham, Massachusetts is a unique melting pot of races, inclinations, ideologies and rich with the histories of all these individual parts.
Yet chasms exist between these sub-groups, as they must in any dynamic, active community. Relating to an element of a story by someone who feels like an 'other', might help bridge this chasm if just partially. Likewise, understanding the intricacies of another culture or inclination, may make it harder to harbor hate or rage. At the very least, it promises to be entertaining.
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How?

Each true story is told' by a 'teller' who has a close tie with Waltham because they live, work or are otherwise closely embedded in the Waltham community.
Stories are carefully crafted, rehearsed but not 'performed'. Theatre is where actors represent fictional characters and plots: in storytelling, the words belong to the teller and convey thoughts and memories that are authentic and personal.
Each show will attempt to have a cast of diverse tellers from many walks of life and stories will be their own but crafted with the help of a story telling coach. 'Diversity' here refers to Waltham's wide spectrum of race, ethnicity, ideology, sexuality, gender, age, ability etc.
 
Hate speech will not be tolerated but an attempt will be made to accommodate all voices and perspectives. 
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Who?

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Creator: This idea was conceived by Waltham resident, part-time writer and storyteller - Chandreyee Lahiri. She curates each show by finding tellers, helping them discover meaningful personal stories and then coaching them for stage. Click here to learn more about her.
Producer: The show remained a mere vision until a collaborator was found in Bob Perry, Director of the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation. The support and dedication of Bob and museum staff enables this show as they host and produce it, all from a sheer desire to support and build community.
Funding: In 2022 the Waltham Cultural Council provided a grant to cover 
part of expenses. The majority of production costs are borne by the Museum. 
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