Celebrations of Freedom | June 19, 2021

Let’s Talk about Race with The Playback Experience 

Join us for an afternoon of celebration, entertainment, and storytelling on issues of race, identity and belonging through theatre and music.   

Saturday, June 19 from 4–6 PM
Andrew Cucchiara Learning Center at Hale

Free, but program capacity is limited.

Donations are welcome to establish a fund for future Westwood METCO and LTARaCE programs at Hale.   

Please arrive by 3:45 PM, as our “curtain” goes up at 4 PM.  Program will take place on the lawn; guests are encouraged to bring their own chairs or blankets. Transportation will be provided from Boston if needed; please indicate that as you register. 

Co-hosted by Westwood METCO, Westwood High School’s Let’s Talk about Race, Culture and Ethnicity (LTARaCE) Committee, and Hale.  Special thanks to Inclusive Westwood for their support.


What is Playback Theatre?   

Playback Theatre is a form of community building improvisation based in the personal stories that spontaneously arise at the performance. Members of the audience will be asked to voluntarily share their stories on a variety of topics, and then a team of actors and a musician will enact those stories on the spot, using imagery and metaphor to honor the essences of the narratives shared. Stories may be happy or sad, tense or humorous; we won’t know until we hear them. “The Playback Experience” is a team of local Playback practitioners that are prepared to listen and embody your stories.  

What is LTARaCE?  

The “Let’s Talk About Race” committee strives to foster a racially aware and culturally sensitive environment where students and faculty can speak openly, honestly and respectfully about race. We recognize and accept the challenge involved in facilitating what can be difficult and sometimes uncomfortable conversations. It is our objective through these conversations to educate and empower all members of the Westwood High School community to think critically about, and ultimately challenge, underlying stereotypes about race at WHS.