Saturday, November 18th, 2023


2:00 pm – 4:00 pm


Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, 8000 St. Martin's Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19118

Creating Common Cause

Creating Common Cause, the third session in the Anti-Racism Commission's Telling Our Stories series, is designed for an audience of all racial identities to share their stories of resisting and healing from racism. The goal: to work together in solidarity to dismantle systemic racism. See what this looks like in this short video.

In an interactive session of theater and discussion, participants will see themselves in one another’s stories of race and racism as they are brought to life on stage by members of Playback for Change, a Philadelphia-based company that facilitates racial understanding using the improvisational theater form Playback Theatre. Audience members’ real stories become the source material. The performance is spontaneous - it is theater created through a unique collaboration between performers and audience. Each session costs $15 per person or $50 for a group of 5 or more. Financial assistance is available. Email For any questions about the Telling Our Stories series, Playback for Change, or Playback Theatre, please email the Rev. Barbara Ballenger (