Behold the power of Playback

Thanks to friends like you, our February Memphis matters show was another sellout! And what that crowd of more than 80 folks witnessed was a glimpse of the essence of Playback itself.

Along with our professional ensemble, our apprentice ensemble members – Will Golden, Albert Howard, Andre Barlow, and Eric Hammond – were joined onstage by  Oluwadamilola Apotieri-Abdulai. He had traveled from NIgeria to participate in the National Center for Playback Theatre’s winter training sessions, which were held right here in Memphis in February.MMApprenticeEnsemblew_Damilola

They wowed the crowd, but more then that – they shared how they are using the wisdom they discover through Playback to help them build healthier relationships and live more wholehearted lives. We asked them what they were gaining and they told us:

  • self awareness
  • more positive thinking in negative situations
  • comfort knowing that stress can be dealt with and I’m not alone
  • openness
  • understanding that everyone has feelings
  • the pride of being part of something good that benefits humanity

How’s that for heavy? These beautiful men – four of whom have been incarcerated – are becoming role models and leaders in their community, Playback Memphis could not be more proud!

Mark your calendars – the next Memphis Matters is set for Saturday, June 4.

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Playback Memphis is proud to be supported by Arts Memphis, the Tennessee Arts Commission, the First Tennessee Foundation and the Hyde Family Foundations.
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